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Chicago Bears name Kyle Long recipient of the 2017 Ed Block Courage Award

NFL: Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bears have announced offensive lineman Kyle Long as the 2017 Ed Block Courage Award Winner.

Ed Block was the Head Athletic Trainer of the Baltimore Colts from 1954-1977, and his off the field charity work with children was legendary.

These days the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation is “dedicated to supporting the well-being of abused, neglected and at-risk children.”

The Ed Block Courage Award is given each year to the player that best displays professionalism, great strength and dedication and is also a community role model. The award is voted on by teammates and organized by the athletic trainers, player representatives and team captains.

In the Chicago-land area the award benefits the Ed McCaskey Scholarship Fund “which donates to high school, college and vocational scholarships for the children of Maryville.” Ed McCaskey was the longtime vice president and treasurer of the Bears.

Kyle Long has been involved in numerous charity events during his time with the Chicago Bears.