As the voting for the 2019 Pro Bowl has now been opened, wide receiver A.J. Green is potentially facing a reality he hasn’t experienced before. After missing last week’s game with his foot injury and learning that he may not be back out on the field until December, Green is not a locked to get voted into the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career.
Thankfully, Green is not only an awesome player, but an awesome human being as well, which is why he’s the perfect nominee for an award that doesn’t require him to put up Pro Bowl production.
Green was announced as the Bengals nominee for this year’s Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award, which is to honor the player who exemplifies sportsmanship and respect on and off the field.
WR A.J. Green is the #Bengals nominee for the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award.— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonATH) November 14, 2018
Guessing he wasn't in the running last year after the fight with Jalen Ramsey.
The award is fairly new, as it was created just four years ago to honor the passing of Art Rooney Sr., the legendary owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The four previous winners of the award are all incredible players:
2014: Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald
2015: Raiders CB Charles Woodson
2016: Colts RB Frank Gore
2017: Panthers LB Luke Kuechly
The award will be listed on the Pro Bowl ballot (for the players only) after a select number of former players apart of the NFL Legends community chooses their eight finalists, with four from each conference.
If Green gets nominated as a finalist, however, members of his team cannot vote for him. Perhaps they will vote for former Bengals defensive tackle Domata Peko, who is the Broncos’ nominee.
This would be a great honor for Green in a season where his numbers will fall short of his usual production.