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Wilson Accepts Stallworth’s Award at Ed Block Awards

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Ravens cornerback and Maryland native Josh Wilson accepted the Ed Block Courage Award for teammate Donte’ Stallworth Tuesday evening.

Stallworth, who had an illness that kept him from the event, was honored by the prestigious foundation at the 33rd annual ceremony at Baltimore’s Martin’s West.

The Ed Block Courage Awards recognize one player from each of the NFL’s 32 teams for their courage, compassion, commitment, community and character.

Stallworth was involved in a tragic accident in 2008 that cost a man his life, had a brief stint in jail and was suspended from football for all of 2009.

But Wilson said Stallworth’s hard work, honesty and integrity in his successful return to the gridiron made his the locker room favorite for the Ed Block trophy.

In addition, Stallworth missed the first seven games of 2010 with a broken foot after a promising offseason, further delaying his comeback.

“I voted for Donte’, and it was just a feeling that he overcame so much,” said Wilson.  “He went through that whole ordeal, but you have to think about the type of guy he is.  He’s the nicest guy you could meet, and you would never think that he could be involved in something like that. 

“When he came in front of the team and told us the story, he was telling us how your reputation can change in a moment, and you have to be careful about what you do.”

It’s been a tough season for Stallworth who even after he battled back from a broken foot in Pre-Season never found a role in the offense. It appears unlikely that he’ll be back in 2011.

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