Eden Prairie, MN (December 4, 2013) – Vikings DT Kevin Williams has been selected as the 2013 Ed Block Courage Award recipient by his teammates.
Williams is the Vikings most veteran player on the roster, playing in his 11th season with the club in 2013. This season Williams set a franchise record for games started by a DT when he passed Alan Page. He currently has 167 career games played and started to his credit. During the preseason Williams suffered a leg injury that forced him to miss only his 3rd career game due to injury in the 2013 season opener.
A steady force on the Vikings defense, Williams continues to make his presence felt on opposing offenses. In Week 2 at Chicago he snared his 5th career INT which moved him into a tie for the all-time NFL lead among DTs in INTs. He holds the Vikings career record for INTs by a defensive lineman. Williams is tied for the Vikings career record with 4 defensive TDs and he is the only defensive lineman on the list, the other 7 players he is deadlocked with are all defensive backs. Due to injuries this season Williams moved to NT for the game vs. Washington where he responded with a 2.5-sack, 7-tackle game in the victory over the Redskins.
Since 1984 the Ed Block Courage Awards annually honors one player from every NFL team who exemplifies commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage. Recipients are selected by a vote of their teammates to recognize both on and off the field extra efforts and their ability to overcome great adversity, whether it be personal or professional. The Ed Block Courage Award is named in honor of Ed Block, the longtime head athletic trainer of the Baltimore Colts. Winners travel to Baltimore every March to receive their trophy at a gala in their honor and spend time at the local Courage House at St. Vincent’s Center, a facility specializing in working with abused children. This visit, and the time spent with the children, allows each recipient to fully comprehend the true meaning of the award.
For more information on the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation, visit www.edblock.org.