Courage: The mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.
Characteristics that certainly describe the Ed Block Courage Award recipients of 2013.
On Monday, NFL players from around the league, along with football fans, gathered at Martin’s West in Woodlawn, Maryland for the 36th Annual Ed Block Courage Award Gala.
Each season, one player from every NFL team is honored for displaying commitment to the principles of courage and sportsmanship, while serving as inspirations in their locker rooms and communities.
Former Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain, along with Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III and Atlanta Falcon wide receiver Roddy White, headed the 2013 class of Ed Block winners.
Recipients of the award are often players who have overcome devastating injuries or tragedies in their personal lives to return to the top level of competition that is the NFL and 2013 winners had done just that.
For McClain receiving the teams’ vote was bittersweet. “This type of award means a lot to me, it represents me as a player and person,” McClain stated. “Knowing this award was voted on upon my peers makes it even more special and besides what better way to go off other than to be the Ravens 2013 Ed Block Courage Award winner.”
Robert Griffin III echoed much of McClain’s sentiments on receiving this honor from his teammates.
“It’s truly a testament from my teammates to show me that they still have faith in me and know how hard I fought to come back,” said Griffin.
The Ed Block Courage Award honor is more than just a trophy to add to their collections. Each year while in Baltimore, award recipients visit the Baltimore Ravens Courage House at St. Vincent’s Villa’s as well as the Chick Webb Recreation Center.
Players spend their days giving back to the community and share special moments with the youth of Baltimore who also show their courage to overcome adversity in their lives. Many players come from the similar backgrounds as the youths they visit and know all too well the battle it takes each and every day.
“I think more players should get more involved,” stated former Raven and Indianapolis Colts 2013 Ed Block award winner Cory Redding. ” It’s an honor to help out.”
Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing felt honored receiving his award but said it’s nothing in comparison to giving back wherever he can.
“It’s a great honor to receive this award from my peers but an even bigger honor and very special to be here in Baltimore and spending time giving back,” Cushing remarked.
The 2013 Class of Ed Block Courage Award winners were full of smiles and rightly so. Sharing laughs and smiles with one another along with their fans knowing all too well their lives can change instantly.
Former Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno perfectly summed up the award and giving back to the community, stating, ”Courage is having the will to get up each and every day to make yourself better. Not just in sports, but in life as well.”
Congrats to you all on a job well done!!
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