By Tucker Harrington
It was recently announced that the Philadelphia Eagles awarded defensive tackle Mike Patterson with the team’s 2011 Ed Block Courage Award, which honors those in the NFL who showcase their commitment to the sport and to their team.
Patterson was given this award based on the choice he made during training camp practice. While at practice on August 3, Patterson suffered from a seizure and was diagnosed with an arteriovenous malformation in his brain. He was cleared to return 17 days later and decided to postpone the surgery to remove it until after the season.
These awards are voted on by the team players themselves, and they choose someone based on how they do individually along with how they motivate the entire team.
“I’ve been associated with this award for my 19 years in the National Football League and Mike is one of the most deserving candidates that I have ever been around,” said head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder. “His courage to play with this condition and to put off any further procedures until the off-season shows his commitment to his teammates and to the Philadelphia Eagles.”