Vollmer receives Ed Block Courage Award

New England Patriots right tackle Sebastian Vollmer was announced on Friday morning as the team's recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award.

The award, which is given to one player for each of the 32 NFL teams, goes to a player "who best exemplifies the principles of courage and sportsmanship while also serving as a source of inspiration."

Vollmer was placed on injured reserve after starting the first eight games of the season, and has dealt with back and foot injuries in recent seasons.

On March 17, the NFL will formally recognize the league's 32 Ed Block winners at a banquet in Baltimore.

More from the news release:

"The Ed Block Courage Award is named after Ed Block, a long-time head trainer for the Baltimore Colts and a respected humanitarian dedicated to helping children. Recipients are often players who have overcome devastating injuries or tragedies in their personal lives to return to top-level competition in the NFL.

Officially formulated in 1986, the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that is sanctioned by the NFL and the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS). The Foundation is committed to heightening awareness of the plight of abused children in cities throughout the league. Proceeds from the annual Courage Awards event benefit the Foundation’s Courage House National Support Network For Kids."