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2010 Ed Block Courage Award Winner: Wes Welker

The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation will celebrate the 33nd annual Ed Block Courage Awards March 8 at Martin's West. One player from every NFL team will be honored for his commitment to the principles of courage and sportsmanship while serving as an inspiration in the locker rooms and community. In anticipation of the big night, PressBox is profiling each award winner. Click here for more profiles.

New England Patriots WR Wes Welker was selected by his teammates as the recipient of the 2010 Ed Block Courage award.

The team voted Welker as the recipient almost a year to the day after he was carted off the field with a torn ACL and MCL in the Patriots 2009 season finale against the Houston Texans. The Patriots entered the Week 17 game against Houston debating whether to rest their starters, but ultimately played Welker. Welker injured his knee in the first quarter while making a cut after a reception. He would later learn he suffered the severe knee injury.

Following months of hard work and rehabilitation, Welker re-joined the Patriots in training camp Aug. 1. He has started every game this season, led the team in receptions (86) and yards (848), and is second in touchdowns (8).

"Being able to come back from the offseason I had, and last season, the way it ended, it’s definitely an honor and I’m definitely happy to have my name on the Ed Block Courage Award," said Welker. "I think it was kind of by default because of the circumstances [though], and because I was the only one hurt this offseason. "

Posted Feb. 15, 2011