31 Ed Block winners announced

January 13, 2002|By SPECIAL TO THE SUN

One player from each of the NFL's 31 teams was honored Thursday as a 2001 Ed Block Courage Award recipient.

Each March for the past 17 years, the Ed Block Courage Awards Foundation has honored NFL players who, in the eyes of teammates, exemplify a commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage.

The 31 recipients will be honored on March 5 at Martin's West in Woodlawn. The event also will honor the NFL athletic training staff of the year, as voted by the members of the Pro Football Athletic Trainers Society, from the San Francisco 49ers.

The Ed Block Courage Award is named after the late Ed Block, head athletic trainer of the Baltimore Colts for 23 years whose most passionate cause was helping improve the lives of abused children.

Proceeds from the banquet benefit the foundation's Courage House National Support Network. Named after the NFL team in that city, a Courage House is a facility that provides support and care for abused children and their families in that community.

Block Award recipients

AFC

Ravens: Corey Harris, S; Buffalo: Jeremy Ostroski, G; Cincinnati: Rich Braham, C; Cleveland: Jeremy McKinney, G; Denver: Terrell Davis, RB; Indianapolis: Peyton Manning, QB; Jacksonville: Jimmy Smith, WR; Kansas City: Tony Richardson, RB; Miami: Scott Galyon, LB; N.Y. Jets: Curtis Martin, RB; Oakland: Randy Jordan, RB; Pittsburgh: Wayne Gandy, OT; San Diego: Raylee Johnson, DE; Seattle: Mack Strong, FB; Tennessee: Kevin Dyson, WR.

NFC

Arizona: Mike Gruttadauria, C; Atlanta: Shawn Jefferson, WR; Carolina: Patrick Jeffers, WR; Chicago: Jim Miller, QB; Dallas: Mike Lucky, TE; Detroit: Charlie Batch, QB; Green Bay: Santana Dotson, DT; Minnesota: Daunte Culpepper, QB; New England: Ted Johnson, LB; New Orleans: Charlie Clemons, LB; N.Y. Giants: Tiki Barber, RB; Philadelphia: Duce Staley, RB; St. Louis: Isaac Bruce, WR; San Francisco: Lance Shulters, S; Tampa Bay: Jerry Wunsch, OT; Washington: Cory Raymer, C.

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