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Aaron Colvin named Jaguars 2017 Ed Block Courage Award winner

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Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Aaron Colvin has been named the team’s 2017 Ed Block Courage Award winner, as voted on by his teammates.

“I can’t really put it into words,” said Colvin. “Everything I do is for God, but to have my teammates’ support and approval and to realize that the hard work that I’ve put in and the challenges that I’ve overcome to be in this situation, it means the world to me. It reminds me that everything I did, and all the work and all the people that have assisted me in the process, that it’s paid off and I’m excited to be back out there on the field with my teammates.”

The Ed Block Courage Award is an annual honor presented to players in the NFL, who are voted by their teammates as role models of inspiration, sportsmanship and courage.

“A.C. epitomizes a player that overcomes whatever adversity is presented to him and he is the perfect person to win the Ed Block Courage Award,” said Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey. “He is an incredibly selfless teammate and will do whatever he can to help the team win. He is an amazingly talented player and I am honored to be able to line up next to him and watch him make plays for years to come.”

After a four-year career at the University of Oklahoma, including a first-team All-Big 12 selection and being named a semi-finalist for the Thorpe Award, Colvin was destined towards a first-round draft selection in the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft. After appearing in 50 games with 36 starts in Norman, and totaling 234 tackles and five interceptions, Colvin was receiving high praise from draft pundits, and was ready to excel at the professional level. Unfortunately, that dream was delayed when Colvin sustained an ACL injury during the second practice of the 2014 Senior Bowl.

“It was tough, I’m not going to lie, but I’m a fighter and I’ve been through adversity before,” said Colvin.

“A lot of guys come into the National Football League in top shape, but for me, I was just trying to get back to my normal self. I knew I had to attack it with everything that I have. I was just trying to get over that knee injury, mentally and physically, so I had a lot more pressure and a lot more on my plate than the average rookie. There was a lot of added weight with the injury, learning the playbook and staying in shape. I just wanted to be ready for when my opportunity came on the field.”

Colvin was selected by the Jaguars in the fourth round (114th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft and began the season on the team’s physically unable to perform list. He made his NFL debut on November 23, 2014, at Indianapolis, and ended up playing in six games during his rookie season. In his sophomore season in 2015, Colvin had a breakout year, totaling 73 tackles and seven passes defensed. His momentum continued in 2016, when he continued to find success, but that was derailed due to a late season ankle injury in Week 16 against the Colts, when he was placed on the team’s reserve/injured list for the final two games of the season.

Colvin then underwent months of rehab before coming back for this year’s season opener against the Houston Texans on September 10.

Now approaching the final stretch of the regular season, Colvin is back to playing at an elite level, including a career performance in Week 5 at Pittsburgh when he posted a career-high 10 tackles. The Jaguars secondary is considered among the best in the NFL and leads the NFL in scoring defense and opposing passing yards per game.

The Ed Block Courage Award is named in honor of Ed Block, the former athletic trainer for the Baltimore Colts (1954-1977), who raised awareness for the prevention of child abuse and helped establish “Courage Houses,” a national network of houses that help abused children in NFL cities around the country.