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Chiefs’ Derrick Johnson is a finalist for Rooney Sportsmanship Award

Kansas City Chiefs inside linebacker Derrick Johnson celebrated a 29-13 win over the Denver Broncos on Nov 15.
Kansas City Chiefs inside linebacker Derrick Johnson celebrated a 29-13 win over the Denver Broncos on Nov 15. deulitt@kcstar.com

Linebacker Derrick Johnson is the Chiefs’ nominee for the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award, recognizing the NFL player who exemplifies outstanding sportsmanship on the field.

The winner is determined by a vote of current NFL players and announced the night before the Super Bowl. He will receive a $25,000 donation from the NFL Foundation to be directed to the charity of his choice.

“It would mean so much,” Johnson said. “I take a lot of pride doing the right things on and off the field, and that just speaks volumes especially for this team. I got a lot of great guys around me, it makes it easy to fit in with a bunch of good character guys that I have on the team.

“I want to win it, but I’m more so focused on I want it on my team. The guys in this locker room think a lot about me. A lot of guys outside the locker room don’t know me, but to win it for the Chiefs, that’s big.”

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald won the award last year.

Blair Kerkhoff: 816-234-4730, @BlairKerkhoff

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