WR Nate Burleson to be honored at Courage House Dinner at Ford Field

Posted Sep 20, 2013

Burleson will be recognized as the Detroit Lions 2013 Ed Block Courage Award recipient

Allen Park, Mich. — Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson will be honored as the team's 2013 Ed Block Courage Award recipient at the Detroit Lions Courage House Dinner, Tuesday, October 1, at Ford Field.

Nate BurlesonWR Nate Burleson (Photo: G.Smith/Detroit Lions)

It marks the second time Burleson receives the award which honors players as they overcome a hardship. Burleson won the award with the Seattle Seahawks in 2009 after recovering from a torn ACL.

Burleson broke his right leg last season at Chicago (10/22), rehabbed tirelessly, and was ready for full participation in 2013 Detroit Lions training camp. Through the first two regular season games he leads the team with 13 receptions for 123 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.

The 20th annual Detroit Lions Courage House Dinner will also feature Detroit Lions Vice Chairman Bill Ford. The dinner annually benefits HAVEN, Oakland County’s premier center for the prevention and treatment of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. Proceeds will target child abuse prevention and treatment programs. Previous banquets have raised approximately $1.9 million for HAVEN.

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).

Tickets are $150 per person and are available online by visiting or by calling 313-262-2013.