Keenan Robinson Named 2014 Ed Block Courage Award Winner
The Washington Redskins announced today that they have named linebacker Keenan Robinson the winner of the team’s 2014 Ed Block Courage Award. The honor is given annually to a player from each National Football League team who displays extraordinary courage in the face of adversity.
Robinson has started all nine games for the Redskins this season, compiling a team-high 75 tackles (49 solo), according to NFL GSIS, with 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one interception. In Week 7, Robinson earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors following a performance in which he posted a career-high and game-high 14 tackles in a win against the Tennessee Titans, becoming the first Redskins linebacker to earn the honor since Brian Orakpo in Week 4 of the 2011 season.
Robinson’s standout performance in 2014 comes after consecutive campaigns in which pectoral tears ended his 2012 and 2013 seasons prematurely. In his rookie year in 2012, Robinson’s season ended after he tore his right pectoral during a Thanksgiving Day win against the Dallas Cowboys. The following season, he suffered a tear to his left pectoral in training camp.
“After his second surgery in two years, Keenan knew what it took to work hard since he had just gotten done rehabbing from his right pec and was disappointed to tear his left pec. He worked hard again, missing another season, and put in time and effort throughout the whole 2013 season, rehabbing in the offseason as well. He came back at full strength and ready to go for 2014,” Redskins Head Athletic Trainer Larry Hess said. “He has played at a high level as the starting middle linebacker. He continues to work hard and just really showed a lot of dedication and determination coming back on the field after sustaining two season-ending injuries back-to-back.”