Indianapolis Colts defensive end Cory Redding has been selected by his teammates as the recipient of the 2013 Ed Block Courage Award.
The award is an annual recognition for courageous play by an individual and Redding is one of 32 National Football League players who earned the accolade. The players of each member club nominate an individual annually and those chosen are honored at a banquet in Baltimore each March.
“The Ed Block Courage Award is special to me because these are the things that I cherish and hold close to my heart as far as being a leader on and off the field, helping people in need, challenging myself in times of adversity to bounce back, all the characteristics that make up the Ed Block Courage Award,” said Redding. “To be nominated by my peers and elected from a committee of people to receive this award is the greatest honor I’ve had to this point in the game of football and I’ll do my best to represent the award.”
Redding is in his second season with the Colts and 11th overall in the NFL. In 10 games this season, he has posted 27 tackles (19 solo), 3.5 sacks, seven tackles for loss and one pass defensed.
“Cory is a true professional on and off the field,” said Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano. “His leadership skills are unparalleled and he embodies the true sense of serving. Cory is extremely deserving of this award and I’m thrilled that he is being recognized by his peers for his efforts.”
Redding, has appeared in 155 games, making 125 starts over his 11-year career. He holds career totals of 480 tackles (323 solo), 31.0 sacks, 20 passes defensed, 10 fumble recoveries, four forced fumbles and one interception. Since joining the Colts in 2012, he has started all 24 games he’s played in and has recorded 73 tackles (44 solo), 5.5 sacks, eight passes defensed and one fumble recovery.
Off the field, Redding lends his support to many charitable endeavors. In 2007, he started the Cory Redding Foundation to support educational, recreational and community assistance programs for at-risk populations. The foundation’s current programs include the 3D Football Camp, the Cory Redding Middle School Challenge program and a partnership with Meals and Wheels in Austin, TX which provides meals for more than 2,000 individuals each year. Redding has also been involved with several other community events, including the CHUCKSTRONG Gala, Playground Build, Play 60 Challenge Launch Party and the Million Meal Marathon.
The award is named after Ed Block who was the head athletic trainer for the Baltimore Colts from 1954-1977. He served as trainer emeritus with the club until he passed away in 1983.
Past winners of the award dating back to 2000, include: S-Antoine Bethea (2012), DE-Robert Mathis (2011), DE-Dwight Freeney (2010), DB-Marlin Jackson (2009), C-Jeff Saturday (2008), OG-Ryan Lilja (2007), WR-Reggie Wayne (2006), LB-Cato June (2005), LB-Gary Brackett (2004), DE-Chad Bratzke (2003), LB-Rob Morris (2002), QB-Peyton Manning (2001) and DT-Bernard Whittington (2000).
The 36th annual Ed Block Courage Award dinner is schedule during March in Baltimore. Proceeds from the affair benefit the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation in Baltimore. The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation’s objective is to establish homes for abused children in each NFL city. Indianapolis established an Ed Block Courage home (Children’s Bureau) in October of 2000. The home is part of a national support network for abused children.
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