Houston Texans linebacker DeMeco Ryans was elected as the recipient for the Texans 2011 Ed Block Courage Award. The award honors those National Football League players who exemplify commitments to the principles of sportsmanship and courage. The award is unique in that the recipients are selected solely by a vote of their teammates. Every fall all thirty two teams conduct a vote which results in each team selecting their Ed Block Courage Award recipient for the year.
The Ed Block Courage Award recipient symbolizes professionalism, great strength, dedication, and a community role model. This honor, Ryans enters into an association which contrasts his fierce profession by becoming a major component of the Courage House National Support Network for Kids. Also Ryans, becomes an Ambassador of Courage for victims of abuse, violence and neglect.
The Ed Block Courage Award recipient will be identified as a team player in helping abused children and families in crisis. This award has become one of the most esteemed honors bestowed upon a player in the NFL, especially since the recipient is selected by his peers.
Past Houston Texans Ed Block Award Winners
2002- Jason Bell (CB)
2003- Aaron Glenn (CB)
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2004- Seth Payne (DL)
2005- Jabar Gaffney (WR)
2006- Kailee Wong (LB)
2007- Anthony Weaver (DE)
2008- Harry Williams (WR)
2009- Zac Diles (LB)
2010- Joel Dreessen (TE)