Statistically, 2013 was another banner season for Detroit Lions wide receiver
Physically, it was a grind.
Johnson dealt with knee and finger injuries that cost him two games and limited him in a few others. Both injuries required offseason surgery.
He still managed to catch 84 passes for 1,492 yards and 12 touchdowns to earn his third straight All Pro nod.
It was that kind of performance gutting it out through the pain that makes Johnson the Lions’ 2014 Ed Block Courage Award winner.
“It’s an honor to see the guys that have won it,” Johnson said Wednesday. “I’ve heard about it my whole career. Somebody wins it from every team. To be on that list as well is definitely an honor.”
The Ed Block Courage Award annually goes to a Lions player who exemplifies sportsmanship and has overcome injury and/or adversity to excel on the field. Nate Burleson (2013), Jahvid Best (2012) and Shaun Hill (2010) are recent recipients.
“Calvin was a logical choice for this award having played through and overcome multiple injuries in the last year,” said Detroit Lions Head Athletic Trainer Kevin Bastin. “But perhaps more importantly, Calvin embodies what this award is all about, through his compassion for his teammates, commitment to his sport, and work in the community. That is who Calvin Johnson is day in and day out.”
The 21st annual Detroit Lions Courage House Dinner will feature head Coach Jim Caldwell on Oct. 28, at Ford Field. The dinner annually benefits HAVEN, Oakland County’s premier center for the prevention and treatment of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.