Roger Goodell’s woes continue. With all the NFL news lately involving Ray Rice, Johnathan Dwyer, Greg Hardy, and Adrian Peterson, I found an interesting fact that I have yet to see reported regarding Peterson.
In 2012, Peterson was a recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award. Every year, players of each team vote a teammate as the recipient of the award. All of the players who receive it and many of the alumni come here to Baltimore for a big banquet to receive the award.
Peterson, who played for the Vikings, is indefinitely suspended now after criminal charges were filed that he injured his 4-year old son by hitting him with a switch (a small tree branch.)
About the Courage Award (emphasis added):
Each year, the Ed Block Courage Awards honors those National Football League players who exemplify commitments to the principles of sportsmanship and courage. This award is unique in that the recipients are selected solely by a vote of their teammates. Every fall all thirty two teams conduct a vote which results in each team selecting their Ed Block Courage Award recipient for the year.
The Ed Block Courage Award recipient symbolizes professionalism, great strength and dedication. He is also a community role model. With this honor, he enters into an association which contrasts his fierce profession by becoming a major component of the Courage House National Support Network for Kids. He becomes an Ambassador of Courage for victims of abuse, violence and neglect.
The Ed Block Courage Award recipient will be identified as a team player in helping abused children and families in crisis.
The Courage Award has become one of the most esteemed honors bestowed upon a player in the NFL, especially since the recipient is selected by his peers.
Recipients go to the Courage House when they are in Baltimore and work with abused children. There is a Courage House Network of houses in various NFL cities, with the goal of putting one in every city in the league. The Minnesota Vikings’ Courage House opened in 2004. The Courage House Network is a partnership of “the Ed Block Foundation, the NFL, NFL Charities, the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS), the NFL Players Association (NFLPA), NFL Films, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and NFL Alumni.”
It will be interesting to see if the Ed Block Foundation dissociates itself from Adrian Peterson or otherwise condemns him (with the caveat that he’s innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, but the court of public opinion is a different matter.)