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2010 Ed Block Courage Award Winner: Dwight Freeney

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.

DE Dwight Freeney has been named the Indianapolis Colts’ 2010 Ed Block Courage Award winner.

Freeney just finished his ninth season with the Colts and has started 114 of 133 career games since being the team’s first-round pick in 2002 out of Syracuse. Freeney has totaled 339 career tackles and a franchise-best 94 sacks and 41 forced fumbles.

A five-time Pro Bowl and three-time First-Team All-Pro choice, he led the NFL wit h16 sacks in 2004, becoming the Colts’ first NFL sack leader. He owns five three-sack games and a career-best nine-game sack streak, while he shares the NFL record with Robert Mathis with eight consecutive hames with a sack to start a season.

“Dwight is known for taking tremendous care of his body, but he’s also one of the toughest guys in the league,” Colts Head Coach Jim Caldwell said.  “He returned to Pro Bowl form in 2008 after recovering from a Lisfranc injury in 2007, and to fight back and not only play, but play extremely well in the Super Bowl last season only a couple of weeks after suffering a severe ankle injury, that shows you how tough he is. 

“He is very deserving to be the recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award.”