McDermott believes that the nomination gives rugby league some of the wider recognition that the sport deserves.
“I’m thrilled for Kevin and I’m thrilled for Leeds Rhinos as a club,” he told Rhinos TV.
“But I’m thrilled for the sport, because it gives us recognition.
“He’s the first rugby league player to be recognised in such a way.
“I’d love to see the game really get behind him.
“I know that the Rhinos fans will back him, I know that the city of Leeds will get behind him.
“But I’d love to see the rugby league fans in general consider it as a recognition of the game, and let’s get Kevin as far up the list as we can.”