Tickets still available for Detroit Lions Courage House dinner

Posted Sep 26, 2013

Lions WR Nate Burleson and longtime athletic trainer Kent Falb to be honored

DETROIT - Tickets are still available for the 20th annual Detroit Lions Courage House dinner October 1, 2013 at Ford Field. The event will feature Ed Block Courage Award recipient Nate Burleson, Ricky Sandoval Award recipient Kent Falb and keynote speaker Bill Ford. Proceeds will benefit HAVEN and their efforts to support child abuse prevention and treatment programs.

The evening will begin with a cocktail reception sponsored by Event Link (hor d'oeuvres and open bar) at 6 PM. Dinner will begin at 7 PM and followed by the program which will include the recognition of Burleson and Falb and conclude with keynote speaker, Bill Ford.

Among Burleson’s Lions teammates expected to attend will be Stephen Tulloch, Shaun Hill and Matthew Stafford. Detroit Lions alumni Lem Barney, Greg Landry, Mike Lucci, Herman Moore and Eddie Murray will also attend.

Renown speed painter Dave Santia will also be on site to performing a speed portrait of Burleson which will be autographed and live auctioned.

Additional silent auction items include an autographed Matthew Stafford jersey, autographed Reggie Bush helmet, autographed Calvin Johnson framed picture, a No. 13 Detroit Lions jersey signed by singer-songwriter Taylor Swift and dinner for six prepared by Ford Field Executive Chef Joe Nader in your home.

Burleson is receiving the Ed Block Courage award, which honors players as they overcome a hardship, for the second time. He also won the award with the Seattle Seahawks in 2009 after recovering from a torn ACL.

Last season at Chicago (10/22), Burleson broke his right leg and was ready for full participation in 2013 Detroit Lions training camp. Through the first three regular season games he lead the team with 19 receptions for 239 yards.

The national Ed Block Courage Award Dinner for NFL recipients from all 32 teams will be held early next year in Baltimore. The award is named in honor of the late Ed Block, former athletic trainer for the Baltimore Colts, who devoted much of his time and money helping abused children.

Former Detroit Lions head athletic trainer Kent Falb will also be honored as the recipient of the Ricky Sandoval Award which recognizes individuals that have made contributions both in sports and in the community. The award is named in honor of the late Lions’ director of security who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in 2009.

Falb was a Lions athletic trainer for 35 years as well as a close friend of Ed Block’s. He’s the executive assistant for the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS) and is on the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation, Inc. National Advisory Board.

Previous Lions’ Block Award Recipients have been: LB Ken Fantetti (1984), G/T Keith Dorney (1985), C Steve Mott (1986), CB Duane Galloway (1987), WR Carl Bland (1988), LB Jimmy Williams (1989), CB Bruce McNorton (1990), G Mike Utley (1991), G Ken Dallafior (1992), C Kevin Glover (1993), LB Victor Jones (1994), WR Aubrey Matthews (1995), S Bennie Blades (1996), T Ray Roberts (1997), LB George Jamison (1998), DL Dan Owens (1999), DT James Jones (2000),  QB Charlie Batch (2001), FB Cory Schlesinger (2002), DE Robert Porcher (2003), DE Jared DeVries (2004), LB Boss Bailey (2005),  the late Lions’ director of security Ricky Sandoval (2006),  RB Kevin Jones (2007),  S Daniel Bullocks (2008), T Jeff Backus (2009), K Jason Hanson (2010), QB Shaun Hill (2011) and RB Jahvid Best (2012).

Single tickets are available for $150 each (allowing for a $90 tax reduction) and can be purchased at or by calling 313-262-2013.