Some of pro football's most prominent personalities will attend tonight's Ed Block Courage Awards Banquet before an anticipated sellout of 1,400 at Martin's West. Players voted by their teammates to be the "most courageous" from all 28 National Football League clubs headline the elite lineup.
Such Hall of Fame members from Baltimore's past as Y.A. Tittle, the city's first football hero; Lenny Moore, Art Donovan, John Unitas, Jim Parker, Joe Perry, Ted Hendricks, John Mackey and coach Weeb Ewbank are going to be present. Raymond Berry and Gino Marchetti, two other Colts' Hall of Famers, had difficulty clearing the date and aren't expected.
Retired coach Chuck Noll, a one-time Colts' assistant who won four Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and David Shula of the Cincinnati Bengals, the youngest coaching appointee for 1992, will take part in the program. Dave Kendall and Bud Epps of the Kansas City Chiefs will be honored with the "athletic training staff of the year" award.
Ed McCaskey, chairman of the board of the Chicago Bears, also will be honored for his distinguished contributions to the NFL. He will be accompanied by his wife, the former Virginia Halas, daughter of the late coach and founder of the team. George E. Leimbach Jr., retired vice-president, AT&T Network Systems, will make the national grant to McCaskey.
Rocky Bleier, who was injured in battle in Vietnam but returned to distinguish himself with the Steelers, also will be present. So will center Tom Goode, holder Earl Morrall and kicker Jim O'Brien, the threesome that combined for the winning field-goal effort that capped the Colts' victory in Super Bowl V over the Dallas Cowboys.
Baltimore's bid for a NFL expansion franchise will be highlighted by the presence of two of the ownership groups, headed by Leonard "Boogie" Weinglass/Mike Sullivan and Tom Clancy. The Glazer family, father Malcolm and sons Brian and Joel, have sent regrets, ostensibly because of their involvement in attempting to deal for the New England Patriots.
Morris Huntley, of the Stouffer Restaurant Co., is the honorary community chairperson. Masters of ceremonies are Scott Garceau and Joe Knight, who is returning from his retirement home near Naples, Fla., especially for the event.
Recipients of Ed Block Courage Awards are Mark Kelso, Buffalo Bills; Sammie Smith, Miami Dolphins; Paul Frase, New York Jets; Fred Marion, New England Patriots; Quintus McDonald, Indianapolis; Bruce Reimers, Cincinnati Bengals; Mark Harper, Cleveland Browns; Bubba McDowell, Houston Oilers; and Mike Mularkey, Pittsburgh Steelers.
Also, John Elway, Denver Broncos; Jayice Pearson, Kansas City Chiefs; Steve Wright, Los Angeles Raiders; Joe Phillips, San Diego Chargers; Joe Nash, Seattle Seahawks; Ken Norton Jr., Dallas Cowboys; Adrian White, New York Giants; David Alexander, Philadelphia Eagles; Marcus Turner, Phoenix Cardinals; and Donnie Warren, Washington Redskins.
Additionally, John Wojciechowski, Chicago Bears; Mike Utley, Detroit Lions; Vai Sikahema, Green Bay Packers; Terry Allen, Minnesota Vikings; Harry Hamilton, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; John Rade, Atlanta Falcons; Michael Stewart, Los Angeles Rams; Wayne Martin, New Orleans Saints; and David Waymer, San Francisco 49ers.