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2010 Ed Block Courage Award Winner: Jordan Gross

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.

T Jordan Gross has been named the Carolina Panthers' 2010 Ed Block Courage Award Recipient.

Gross has been a mainstay on the Panthers offense ever since arriving from Utah in 2003. The 6-foot-4, 305-pound tackle was having one of his best years in 2009 when he broke the tibia and fibula in his right leg. Gross was blocking when Altanta Falcons DE Vance Walker rolled up on the back of his leg. Gross sensed right away it was a serious injury.

He would miss the rest of the 2009 season, but worked diligently during the offseason with Carolina Assistant Athletic Trainer Mark Shermansky. Together they got Jordan ready to return for the 2010 season. It was a major accomplishment when Gross ran out with his teammates for the first preseason game of the 2010 season against the Baltimore Ravens.

The scene was even more emotional as Gross heard the roar of the crowd when he ran out of the tunnel the next week at Bank Of America Stadium. Gross' perseverance and hard work helped him return from the most significant injury of his entire career.

Posted Feb. 25, 2011