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Steven Means named Falcons Ed Block Courage Award winner

The award recognizes Means’ inspiration, courage and sportsmanship.

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The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation has announced that Atlanta Falcons defensive end Steven Means is the team’s recipient of the 2020 Ed Block Courage Award. The award is given to select NFL players who are voted by their teammates as role models of inspiration, courage, and sportsmanship.

Those who have earned the recognition by their peers to be selected for the award typically travel to Baltimore where they’re presented with their trophy at a banquet. While there, recipients normally participate in outreach youth-level programs, such as a designated Baltimore City Rec Center and with the abused children at St. Vincent’s Villa. Some recent Falcons winners are Ricardo Allen (2019), Jack Crawford (2018), LaRoy Reynolds (2017), and Adrian Clayborn (2016).

Unfortunately this year do to the ongoing pandemic, the foundation will alter events, as stated on their website:

Over the past year, many things have changed in our world and the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation has worked tirelessly to adapt. Though we are unable to host our Ed Block Courage Awards Gala in person this year, we have made plans for an amazing virtual event, that will include the 2020 Ed Block Courage Award recipients, and members of the Courage House National Support Network for Kids.

As we continue to finalize details, we hope you will join us for our free event at the end of April, highlighting the remarkable stories from the Courage Award recipients and the children we support around the country.

In 2020, Means started 11 games, recording 38 tackles and 3 sacks for the Falcons. Means was also selected as the Falcons’ Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee. Even though he won’t be able to the Ed Block Courage Award events this year, it remains a testament to the type of person he is to be selected for two prestigious awards.

For more details visit the Ed Block Foundation’s website.