Panthers QB Teddy Bridgewater wins 2020 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award

Panthers QB Teddy Bridgewater wins 2020 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award
Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater warms up before an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco) (Brian Blanco/AP)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was named winner of the 2020 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award.

The award recognizes the NFL player who best demonstrates the qualities of outstanding sportsmanship on the field, including fair play, respect for opponents and integrity in competition.

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Bridgewater will receive a $25,000 donation from the NFL Foundation to a charity of his choice.

The award was found in 2014 in honor of the late founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pro Football Hall of Famer Art Rooney Sr.

Bridgewater took home the award in his first year as a finalist. Past recipients of the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award include Panthers player Luke Kuechly in 2017.

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