All 32 clubs vote for their representative of the award, which goes to the player who best exemplifies the principles of courage and sportsmanship.
The Miami Dolphins selected left guard Justin Smiley, while the Buffalo Bills chose receiver James Hardy for the award. The New York Jets announced last week inside linebacker David Harris was their Ed Block honoree.
Brady missed virtually the entire 2008 season with a knee injury. On Tuesday, he was named to his fifth Pro Bowl. He ranks fourth in yardage, fifth in touchdown passes and eighth in passer rating for the AFC East champions.
Smiley returned from a gruesome leg and ankle injury late last season. He has fought through recurring shoulder injuries and helped pave the way for Ricky Williams' impressive 1,000-yard season.
Hardy's choice was intriguing. At the time he was selected, he hadn't played a game this year. His rookie season ended with a torn knee ligament in Week 14. His recovery was long, and by the time the award was voted on by his teammates, he hadn't played in a game yet. He made his return Sunday, catching one pass for 9 yards.