After missing nearly all of the last two seasons with torn pectoral muscles, Cleveland Browns linebacker D’Qwell Jackson is close to completing a most impressive comeback. For that, his teammates have named him the Browns’ recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award.
As a middle linebacker, Jackson has been the lynchpin of the defense, not missing a game in 2011. His 112 tackles are second in the NFL and lead the Browns by a wide margin (defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin is second with 59). Jackson also has 2.5 sacks, a forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, and an interception. Needless to say, he is not only making a case for Comeback Player of the Year, but for a long-term contract.
The Ed Block Courage Award is given to one member of all 32 NFL teams, culminating in an event in Baltimore next March. The award is given to the player on a team who most exemplifies the qualities of the former Baltimore Colts trainer and, when you think about the amazing comeback that Jackson has undergone, the choice was a no-brainer.