Robert Griffin III was named the recipient of the Washington Redskins’ Ed Block Courage Award, an honor given to one person from each team who displays extraordinary courage in the face of adversity.
The quarterback was named Offensive Rookie of the Year by The Associated Press after the 2012 season when he helped the Redskins to their first playoff appearance in five years and their first NFC East title since 1999.
He underwent surgery to repair the ACL and LCL in his right knee last January, then returned in time to be available for training camp in late July. Though he didn’t play in the preseason, he completed 60.1 percent of his passes for 3,203 yards, 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions over 13 games.
“It’s an honor to be selected by my teammates to receive this award,” Griffin said in a statement released by the team. “I received a tremendous amount of support throughout the rehab process from my teammates, the doctors, the trainers and everyone involved in the organization. This award is not only a testament to how hard I worked to return, but also a testament to the support system I’ve had around me for the last 12 months. I’m grateful for their hard work and support and look forward to preparing for the 2014 season.”
The award is named after Ed Block, a former Baltimore Colts athletic trainer who was highly active in the community. Following his retirement, the Colts created an award in 1978 to recognize a player with outstanding character, and when the Colts moved to Indianapolis following the 1983 season, the program was expanded to each team in the league.
One league-wide winner is selected from the pool of nominees and is honored annually at a banquet in Baltimore in March.