Colts linebacker Cato June was chosen by his teammates as the club's 2005 recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award. According to the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation, the award recognizes players for "displaying commitments to the principles of courage and sportsmanship, while serving as inspirations in their locker rooms and communities".
The award is a tribute to the longtime head athletic trainer (1954 – 1977) of the Baltimore Colts, who was not only a trailblazer in his profession, but also a highly respected humanitarian. He was a trainer emeritus for the team until his death in 1983.
The first Ed Block Courage Award was presented in 1978 to Baltimore Colts' defensive end, Joe Ehrmann. A Colts player was chosen by his teammates each year until the Colts relocated in 1984 when the scope expanded to a national level to include one player from every team in the NFL.
The Foundation focuses on raising the nation's awareness of the plight of abused children. The organization has helped establish "Courage Houses" to provide support and quality care for abused children in more than 50% of the cities that currently host an NFL team, including one in Indianapolis in 2000.
June will be honored as one of the 32 recipients of this year's award at a banquet in Baltimore in March. Proceeds from the event benefit the Foundation. Past recent winners of the award have included LB-Gary Brackett (2004), DE-Chad Bratzke (2003), LB-Rob Morris (2002), QB-Peyton Manning (2001) and DT-Bernard Whittington (2000).
Cato June To Receive Ed Block Courage Award
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