Donte' Stallworth, 2010 Ed Block Courage Award Recipient
Baltimore, Md. -- The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation announced WR Donte' Stallworth is the recipient of the 2010 Ed Block Courage Award for the Baltimore Ravens.
The 2010 campaign didn't go smoothly for Stallworth. He missed the first seven games of the season when he broke his foot in a preseason game against the New York Giants, but now feels he has found his niche with the Ravens.
"I felt like I had a good training camp and preseason," Stallworth said. "Then I had the broken foot, which kept me out for seven games. That was really hard. It was really difficult to not be able to play and sit back and watch my teammates. I was able to keep my head in the game and I did my best by encouraging everyone and being an extra coach on the sidelines. Now, I'm getting back into the flow of things on the field. Hopefully now I'm really preparing myself to help this team win a championship."
Stallworth returned to the NFL in 2010 after being suspended by the league for the 2009 season. He took full responsibility for a tragic accident that happened in 2008, and fulfilled all the obligations associated with the accident, including the felony charges. Instead of challenging the legal process, he felt it was, morally, the right thing to do. Stallworth served his one-year suspension and was signed by the Baltimore Ravens in February 2010. Now, Stallworth is honored to be the Ravens representative.
"[Winning the award] means a lot, especially with this being my first year on the team," he said. "It lets me know that I have made some kind of impact on these guys in the locker room. I've always been a person of integrity and tried to always do the right things."
Stallworth will be part of the class of recipients at the awards ceremony March 8, 2011 at Martin's West.
The Courage Award is named after Ed Block, the longtime head athletic trainer of the Baltimore Colts who was a pioneer in his profession and a respected humanitarian. Some of his most significant contributions came in the tireless manner in which he gave to help improve the lives of children. He stood for courage and championed the cause of those who displayed that characteristic. His work and philosophy continues today through the Foundation that bears his name. The Foundation's efforts are endorsed by the NFL and the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS).
-- Ed Block Courage Award Foundation
Posted Dec. 28, 2010