Each year each team in the NFL has their players select one of their own to be the their Ed Block Courage Award recipient. This year the Raiders award goes to Derek Carr.
The Ed Block Courage Award is presented to the player who exemplifies a commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage.
Additionally, the award recognizes a player’s efforts on and off the field, as well as their ability to overcome great adversity. The recipient is selected by a vote of his teammates.
Carr returned on time to offseason practices after having broken his fibula in week 16 of last season. Then during the season, he suffered a fracture in his back and missed just one game. Despite these injuries, he has thrown for at least 3,000 yards in his first four seasons, making him just the sixth quarterback in NFL history to do so, joining Andy Dalton, Peyton Manning, Russell Wilson, Cam Newton and Ryan Tannehill.
Last week Carr crossed the 100-touchdown barrier just 60 games into his NFL career, the quickest to reach 100 passing scores in Raiders history. Only Dan Marino, Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson have surpassed the 100-TD mark in their first four seasons.
The Ed Block Courage Award is named in honor of Ed Block, the longtime head athletic trainer of the Baltimore Colts who was a pioneer in his profession and a respected humanitarian. In 1989, the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation formulated the Courage House National Support Network for Kids.