Chris Kuper (73) gestures while sitting on the bench during the fourth quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. (Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports)

Broncos' Chris Kuper Wins Ed Block Courage Award

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And the 2012 Ed Block Courage Award goes to Denver Broncos offensive guard Chris Kuper.

Every year, the award honors NFL players who display commitments to the principles of sportsmanship and courage. Recipients are selected by their teammates. No one has shown more courage and positivity through injury after injury in the past year than Kuper.

Kuper suffered a fractured/dislocated ankle at the end of last season against the Kansas City Chiefs, and then fractured his forearm during training camp. Nevertheless, he was named an offensive captain by his teammates and was selected as a second Pro Bowl alternate after playing in seven games for the Broncos in 2012.

Drafted by the Broncos in the 5th round of the 2006 draft out of the University of North Dakota, Kuper has been the team’s starting right guard for the last five seasons, allowing just 12 sacks in 78 career starts.

The Ed Block Courage Award is named in honor of Ed Block who was the longtime head athletic trainer of the Baltimore Colts. He was a well respected humanitarian and a pioneer in his profession.

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