The Detroit Lions have announced their Ed Block Courage Award winner for 2016, and it is quarterback Matthew Stafford.
According to the foundation’s website, their mission is as follows:
“The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to supporting the well-being of abused, neglected and at-risk children throughout our Courage House National Support Network for Kids. Through our partnership with the National Football League, the Foundation cultivates awareness at each Courage House and helps to raise funds for their programs and initiatives. Our Vision is to break the cycle of abuse and neglect and to lay the foundation for generations of safe and nurturing families.”
The annual award is for a player who has overcome some sort of adversity or injury, who has been excellent on game days, and who has exemplified sportsmanship in the process. Stafford is winning it for playing through rib, quad and arm injuries last year, as the Lions won six of their last eight games. Head Athletic Trainer Kevin Bastin said:
“Throughout Matthew Stafford’s entire career he has exhibited courage and competitive spirit through his play on the field while enduring numerous injuries. Over the course of my time in sports medicine, he stands out for always maintaining selflessness and a professional approach to game preparation and play on game day. That same attitude translates to his work in the community where he offers his support and time to many Detroit youth, area charities and foundations.”
Stafford is off to a good start this year, as well. He’s already thrown for 1,914 yards and 15 touchdowns, and he has just four picks.