The Bills nominated linebacker Lorenzo Alexander for the NFL's Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award, which recognizes players who "exemplify outstanding sportsmanship on the field ... including fair play, respect for the game and opponents, and integrity in competition."
Each team nominated one player for the award. Four former players from the NFL Legends Community – Curtis Martin, Warrick Dunn, Karl Mecklenburg and Leonard Wheeler – will narrow the list down to eight, and then current NFL players will be able to vote on the finalists, although they can't vote for a teammate. The winner will be announced during the NFL Honors show on Feb. 3, 2018.
Past winners of the award, which was created in 2014, are: Colts running back Frank Gore (2016), Raiders defensive back Charles Woodson (2015) and Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald (2014). The winner gets a trophy and a $25,000 donation from the league to a charity of his choice.
While this is an on-field award, off-the-field efforts likely play into players' minds, and Alexander is highly involved in local community events and even met with a fan for coffee earlier this year to discuss the player protests during the national anthem. His ACES foundation works directly with youths to promote Accountability, Community, Education and Sports.
Former Bills linebacker Paul Posluszny was nominated by the Jaguars.