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Tyvon Branch Has Been Named "The Ed Bock Courage Award Winner" By His Oakland Raider Teammates

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Silver and Black Pride Weekly Contributor, Tyvon Branch of the Oakland Raiders, has been named the team's Ed Block Courage Award Winner for 2009.

From the Ed Block Website:

The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation promotes the prevention of child abuse by raising awareness of the epidemic and assisting agencies who provide for the care and treatment of abused children in communities throughout the National Football League (NFL). That objective is coupled with the Foundation's commitment to celebrating players of inspiration in the NFL.


From the Raiders Official Site:

The Ed Block Courage Award annually honors one player from each NFL team who exemplifies commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage. The award has become one of the most esteemed honors bestowed upon a player in the NFL, primarily because his selection is based upon a vote of his peers.


"It’s a great accomplishment. It’s a great feeling. I feel privileged that my teammates voted me for this award. I would have never thought that I would get recognized for this award," Branch said. "I have positive people around me. I have a great family that kept me playing inspired. They were in my corner and on my side so it was easy for me to bounce back."


It is fitting that a strong safety who played his rookie season with a cast on his arm would win such an award.

On the field, Tyvon has been the glue in the secondary and he has also getting better each week. Last week against the Bengals he had 12 tackles and a sack that forced a fumble, ending a Bengal drive that was on the Raider 27.

Statistically, Tyvon is 1st in the AFC in tackles for a DB (11th over-all) with, 81, and is second in the NFL to Erik Coleman from the Atlanta Falcons who has 83. Tyvon has also forced two fumbles, which is tied for 4th in the League for a DB. Two of the names ahead of him are Ed Reed and Charles Woodson

Congratulations Tyvon, from all of us here at Silver and Black Pride! You deserve it and we are fortunate to have you give us a look inside of your World each week.