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Notes: Matthew Stafford named finalist for sportsmanship award

Stafford has a chance at some post-season honors.

Detroit Lions v Washington Redskins Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

Thursday, the NFL announced eight finalists for the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award. Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was among the eight finalists for the award, which recognizes a player who exemplifies “outstanding sportsmanship on the field.”

The other seven finalists include, Jaguars defensive lineman Calais Campbell, Chargers linebacker Thomas Davis, Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton, Washington running back Adrian Peterson, Patriots receiver Matthew Slater, 49ers tackle Joe Staley, and Rams Eric Weddle.

Previous award winners include Drew Brees, Luke Kuechly and Frank Gore.

The winner for the award will be announced at the NFL Honors ceremony the night before the Super Bowl. The 2019 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Player of the Year will receive a $25,000 donation to the charity of his choice.

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