Drew Brees has been making his case as the league's best player this season. He's also regarded as one of the classiest.
Brees heads the list of 32 player nominees for the fifth annual Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award, the NFL announced on Wednesday.
The award is presented each year to a player who best demonstrates the qualities of on-field sportsmanship, including fair play, respect for the game and opponents, and integrity in competition, with the winner receiving a $25,000 donation from the NFL Foundation to a charity of his choice.
Here is the full list of nominees:
That list will be whittled down to eight -- four from each conference -- by a panel of former players from the NFL Legends Community and included on the Pro Bowl ballot. Current players from each team will then submit a consensus vote to decide the winner. As in Pro Bowl voting, a team cannot vote for its own player.
The winner will be announced during CBS' nationally televised NFL Honors show on Saturday, Feb. 2, the night before Super Bowl LIII.
The award was created in 2014 in honor of the late founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pro Football Hall of Famer Art Rooney, Sr. The past four winners include LB Luke Kuechly (2017), RB Frank Gore (2016), CB Charles Woodson (2015) and WR Larry Fitzgerald (2014).