Lost right in the middle of the Pro Bowl announcements that took place earlier on tonight, where Dolphins LT Jake Long got selected for the second straight year, was the fact that G Justin Smiley was selected to be the recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award. Congratulations to Justin. Today was definitely a big day for the Dolphins' offensive line.
About the award:
Today, the Ed Block Courage Awards event is heralded as one of the most prestigious in the NFL, and the Foundation has expanded its scope, recognition, and charitable efforts to a highly visible national level. Another of Sam's dreams, the creation of a national network through dedication of Courage Houses in NFL cities, is also well under way. On a nation-wide basis, the Foundation has formulated a Courage House National Support Network for Kids through the dedication of Courage Houses in 14 NFL cities. Support for abused children under the Courage House concept has been established in, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Miami, Detroit, Dallas, Baltimore, New York, Oakland, Seattle, Carolina, Cleveland, Atlanta, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Buffalo and San Francisco. The Foundation also sponsors the Baltimore Sports Media Hall of Fame Award and the Professional Football Athletic Training Staff of the Year Award.