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Ravens safety Dawan Landry has dealt with a lot in the past year.
Two games into his 2008 campaign, a blow to the helmet left him unable to move his limbs on the field. What was diagnosed as a spinal cord concussion ended his entire season.
Ten months of rehabilitation, surgery in February and tireless work to return for training camp led to Landry back in the Ravens’ secondary, where he’s started all 15 games in 2009.
Landry’s teammates noticed, voting him as Baltimore’s latest recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award.
“It was a pretty tough time for me coming from where I did last year with the neck injury,” Landry said at a press conference at the Baltimore Sports Legends Museum in downtown Baltimore on Tuesday. “I got through it, though. I’m grateful for playing football and having the opportunity to give me all to my teammates and fans.”
The Courage Award is named after former Baltimore Colts trainer Ed Block, who was a pioneer in his profession and a renowned humanitarian. Originally given only to a
Colts player, its scope was expanded to include one representative from each team when the Colts left Baltimore in 1984.
Voted on by teammates, the Ed Block Courage Award is given in recognition of a player who best exemplified courage on and off the field.
Landry, who is tied for the team lead with four interceptions, is humbled to receive such an honor.
“It’s an honor to get the respect from my peers and brothers, knowing how hard I work for them,” Landry said. “With their help, I was able to get back to this point.”
Landry, along with all 31 other winners, will accept his award at a ceremony at Martin’s West on March 9.