DE Trevor Scott (91) pressures QB Colt McCoy during the Raiders Week 6 win over the Cleveland Browns. Photo by Tony Gonzales.
Oakland Raiders DE Trevor Scott has been named this year's Ed Block Courage Award winner. Scott suffered a major knee injury against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010, ending his season after 10 games, 23 tackles and a sack. Scott returned in 2011 to see action in 15 games so far.
According to the Ed Block Courage Award website, the award "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."
Scott rehabbed from his injury at the Raider facility prior to having to continue his work back home in New York during the lockout and returned to the team at the start of training camp to work towards getting back on the field. To conduct a portion of his rehab without the Raiders training staff took dedication and perseverance, which are two of the qualities the Ed Block Courage Award represents. "The Ed Block Courage Award recipient symbolizes professionalism, great strength and dedication," the website explains. "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."
Scott has played in 57 games in his four-year career with the Raiders, recording 97 tackles, 13.5 sacks, and one forced fumble. He was part of the defense that ranked second in the league in 2010 with 47.0 sacks. In 2009, Scott tied for the team lead with 7.0 sacks and 11 tackles for loss.
Scott was selected by the Raiders in the sixth round (169th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft out of Buffalo. In his rookie season, he played in all 16 games and tied for the team and NFL lead among rookies with 5.0 sacks. He also ranked second on the team with nine special teams tackles.
The Ed Block Courage Award is named in honor of Ed Block, the longtime head athletic trainer of the Baltimore Colts who was a pioneer in his profession and a respected humanitarian. In 1989, the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation formulated the Courage House National Support Network for Kids. The Fred Finch Youth Center is the Raiders Courage House.