Rob Gronkowski of New England Patriots Honored for Courageous Season

Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was named the 2014 recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award.

The courage award is handed out annually to one player on each of the 32 NFL teams. The award was established in honor of, Block, a former Indianapolis Colts trainer. Players have to show unwavering courage and sportsmanship in order to be picked for the award.

The foundation’s mission statement can be found on www.edblock.org:

“The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of abused, neglected and at-risk children and ending the cycle of abuse. The purpose is to raise Awareness and Prevention of child abuse. That objective is coupled with the Foundation’s commitment to celebrating players of inspiration in the NFL.”

Gronkowski’s teammates voted on the award as they viewed him as source of inspiration throughout the season. Gronkowski’s return to action in September after undergoing and rehabbing from major knee surgery impressed those around him.

In returning to dominant form, the 25-year-old was named to the All-Pro team, marking the third time in his career. He hauled in 82 passes for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns while helping the Patriots win their fourth Super Bowl title back in February.

Other recent Patriots to win the award include, wide receiver Wes Welker in 2010, tackle Marcus Cannon in 2011, guard Logan Mankins in 2012 and tackle Sebastian Vollmer in 2013.

Other players across the NFL who were named Ed Block Award winners this year include, Chris Harris of the Denver Broncos, DJ Hayden of the Oakland Raiders and Marcus Easley of the Buffalo Bills.

As if Gronkowski wasn’t already considered the best tight end in the NFL, his fearless return following an emotionally scarring injury, was certainly impressive. The award couldn’t have been given to a more worthy candidate.