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NFL Honors 2016: Raiders Charles Woodson takes home Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award

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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

He may have played his final NFL season, but the accolades for Charles Woodson are far from over. This evening at the NFL Honors show, Woodson received the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award which recognizes the NFL player who demonstrates the qualities of outstanding sportsmanship on the playing field, including fair play, respect for opponents and integrity in competition.

Each season, each NFL team nominates one of its players for the award. From those 32 players 8 finalists are selected by a panel of former players from the NFL Legends Community comprised of Warrick Dunn, Curtis Martin, Karl Mecklenburg, and Leornard Wheeler.

The eight finalists were Woodson, Justin Forsett, Matt Forte, Luke Kuechly, Matt Hasselbeck, Calvin Johnson, Jason McCourty, and Joe Staley.

It's a fitting honor for Woodson who switched from cornerback to safety and returned to Oakland three seasons ago to continue his career, played all last season after dislocating his shoulder in the season opener, making his 9th Pro Bowl in his 18th and final season at the age of 39.