Darius Slay nominated for 2021 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award
Earlier this morning, the NFL announced that Eagles cornerback Darius Slay would be the team’s nomination for the 2021 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award. This selection comes on the heels of the team selecting Jason Kelce as their nomination for the 2021 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.
The Art Rooney Award honors a player who exemplifies outstanding sportsmanship on the field. Including fair play, respect for the game, and integrity in competition. A panel including Larry Fitzgerald, Curtis Martin, and other NFL legends will be deciding on the winner. Also, their peers will vote the final eight candidates on the upcoming Pro Bowl ballot.
Since his arrival, Slay has been a tremendous leader for the Eagles, and has consistently lifted up those around him. It’s no shock he was the team’s choice for the award, as he has solidified himself as an essential part of the team’s culture and clean play on the field.
Alongside his positive attitude, Darius Slay has been crucial to the Eagles’ success this season. Through 13 games, Slay has allowed just 36 receptions for 318 yards, an average of 24 yards per game. Among all cornerbacks in the NFL, he ranks sixth in coverage this season, according to PFF.
If Slay does win the award, he will receive $25,000 to donate to the charity of his choice. The winner will be announced during the NFL Honors following the season. Meanwhile, the Eagles are continuing through their bye week with a crucial battle against the Washington Football next Sunday (12/19).
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