The Browns nominated running back Nick Chubb to be considered for the sixth annual Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award, a prestigious honor that recognizes players around the league who exemplify outstanding sportsmanship on the field.
Chubb, the former second-round pick out of Georgia, is in the midst of monster season in which he’s already surpassed 1,000 rushing yards. He’s found the end zone six times and logged the third-longest run in Browns history. He already owns the longest after racing 92 yards on a touchdown run during his rookie season.
More importantly, Chubb has embodied everything the Browns want from their players.
“Nick, first and foremost, is an excellent individual,” Browns coach Freddie Kitchens said in September. “He works his tail off every day he walks on the football field, walks into the weight room or walks into the classroom. You know exactly what you are getting from Nick every time he walks out there. Every time the clock starts turning, you know what you are going to get from him. After all of that, you throw in his ability, his skillset, his desire inside within to be successful and his resilient nature and chasing being good.
“I do not know what else you want in a football player.”
The 32 finalists -- one from each team -- will be whittled down to eight (four from the AFC and four from the NFC) and placed on the players’ Pro Bowl ballot under the NFL Sportsmanship Award category. The players’ top choice will be honored the day before Super Bowl LIV on the NFL Honors show. The winner will receive a $25,000 donation from the NFL Foundation to a charity of his choice.
“Nick Chubb is one of the finest human beings I know,” Kitchens said. “He’s one of the hardest workers I know. Nick Chubb is all about work now. You want to know what the definition of keeping your head down and going to work is? It’s him.”