TAMPA — On the Bucks’ first play of the season in Dallas on Sept. 11, Chris Godwin ran for 24 yards on a pass from Tom Brady’s left plane.
There was nothing special about the game, except that it represented a full recovery from two knee ligament tears he had suffered nine months ago. Godwin didn’t stop there. This season, he had a career-high 104 receptions for 1,023 yards and three touchdowns.
Godwin was named the Bucs’ Ed Brock Courage Award recipient on Wednesday. He is one of 32 NFL players who will be honored April 1-2 at the Renaissance Harbor Hotel in Baltimore.
“I feel like this year I have a better sense of what I’m capable of,” Godwin said recently. “I didn’t have the opportunity to play in the playoffs last year and I’m grateful for that. I’m just happy to be back with my guys and I’m just grateful.
“We played a great game. … I got injured last year and you never know when your last game will be. Again, I’m very grateful for the opportunity and for believing in me Put the ball in my hands like they did.”
This Award named after Ed Block, humanitarian and former coach of the Baltimore Colts. It is presented to one player on each team and voted on by teammates.
The award recognizes players who embody professionalism, strength and dedication; serve as role models for the community; and demonstrate a commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage.
“I am truly honored to have been selected as a nominee for this award by the Buccaneers,” Godwin said in a team news conference. “I thank my teammates for this recognition and I am very grateful to our support staff, They helped and encouraged me as I worked my way through a serious injury. While this is a personal honor, I will share it with everyone on the Buccaneers team.”
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