Browns S Grant Delpit elected recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award

CLEVELAND – Cleveland Browns safety Grant Delpit has been named the team’s 2021 Ed Block Courage Award winner after being shortlisted for the award by his teammates.

The Ed Block Courage Award, named after Ed Block, the former Baltimore Colts head coach, is presented annually to a member of each of the 32 NFL teams who “best exemplifies Block’s qualities, based on courage, compassion, commitment and community.

Delpit’s journey in the NFL has not been easy, with an injury hampering the start of his career. Drafted by the Browns in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, Delpit was expected to be a major part of the defense before suffering an Achilles injury ending the season in training camp that year.

Recovering from an Achilles tendon injury is no small feat, but Delpit went to great lengths during his rehabilitation and was ready to come back strong to start the 2021 season. But a lingering hamstring injury- Legs at the start of the season made his comeback even more difficult.

Delpit worked despite an injury and in his NFL debut displayed the skill and athleticism that were expected of him upon graduation from college. In his very first game, Delpit registered six tackles and one fumble.

Coming out of the Browns’ week off, Delpit played 11 games, starting with three, and recorded 30 tackles, one sack, one interception, three defended and one forced fumble while scoring five special teams saves. .

While his tough start in the NFL might have been disheartening for Delpit, he didn’t let injury slow him down. Even while in the casualty reserve, Delpit was looking for ways to help the community, a goal he continues to pursue.

In September, Delpit teamed up with The Goldie Legacy and Meijer as part of the Browns’ First and Ten program to take a group of 30 local students shopping. Children were able to shop in the Meijer Islands with their parents and guardians, choosing sports equipment, school supplies, clothes, toys and any other items they wanted or needed for themselves, their family. and their friends. Each child received a $ 150 gift card and two special gift bags provided by Delpit and Meijer.

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Delpit also donated $ 10,000 to renovate a woman’s home in Houston, Texas during the offseason after it was destroyed by a winter storm in February.

Seeing his journey through injuries while continuing to be a positive force in the community, Delpit’s teammates voted him up for the Ed Block Courage Award.

“It was a great feeling to be recognized by my teammates, the coaching staff and the coaches, it’s a crazy injury to go through and I’m blessed to be where I am,” said Delpit.

Past Browns Prize recipients include:

1984 WR Willis Adam
1985 BY Carl Hairston
1986 TE Ozzie Newsome
1987 RB Earnest Byner
1988 LB Eddie Johnson
1989 T Cody Risien
1990 RB Kevin Mack
1991 CB Mark Harper
1992 WR Lawyer Tillman
1993 WR Patrick Rowe
1994 LB Carl Banks
1995 DB Bennie Thompson
1999 BY Derrick Alexander
2000 LB Jamir Miller
2001 JO Jeremy McKinney
2002 TE Mark Campbell
2003 DL Courtney Brown
2004 RB Lee Suggs
2005 LB Kenard Lang
2006 K Phil Dawson
2007 DB Gary Baxter
2008 WR Joe Jurevicius
2009 WR Mike Furrey
2010 LB Eric Barton
2011 LB D’Qwell Jackson
2012 Reggie Hodges
2013 DB TJ Ward
2014 DL Desmond Bryant
2015 OL Alex Mack
2016 DB Joe Haden
2017 OL Kevin Zeitler
2018 DB Terrance Mitchell
2019 S Juston Burris
RB 2020 Nick Chubb

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Camryn Justice is a digital content producer at News 5 Cleveland. Follow her on twitter @camijustice.

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