Robert Griffin III wins Ed Block Courage Award

Updated: January 7, 2014
Ed Block

The Ed Block Award — named for a trainer with the old Baltimore Colts — is awarded to the player who does the best job responding to adversity. This year, the teammates of Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III gave it to him. The award honors how hard RG3 worked to come back from major reconstructive knee surgery in eight months to start the season opener.

Said Redskins head trainer Larry Hess in a team press release:

“Robert’s commitment this offseason helped him fully recover from a major knee surgery. His passion and dedication toward his profession motivated him throughout this process and made working with him enjoyable. He is well deserving of this award.”

Said Griffin in a press release:

“It’s an honor to be selected by my teammates to receive this award. I received a tremendous amount of support throughout the rehab process from my teammates, the doctors, the trainers and everyone involved in the organization. This award is not only a testament to how hard I worked to return, but also a testament to the support system I’ve had around me for the last 12 months. I’m grateful for their hard work and support and look forward to preparing for the 2014 season.”

Seems rather odd that Griffin’s teammates would vote him this award if they regard him as a spoiled, arrogant boy-emperor. [Of course, you may also choose to laugh quietly at Mike Shanahan's latest press release to a credulous DC sports columnist.]

Past winners of the award include DE Stephen Bowen and LG Kory Lichtensteiger.