Jaguars fullback Greg Jones has been selected by his teammates as the team's 2007 Ed Block Courage Award recipient. Jones, 26, missed all of the 2006 season after suffering an ACL injury in his left knee during the preseason. He has returned in his fourth season and has started nine of his 14 games this season. He was named first alternate to the Pro Bowl.
"This honor means a lot to me," said Jones. "It's good to know what my teammates think about me and what I have gone through with this injury. It was really hard coming back from my second knee injury, but I am glad that I am now back competing with my teammates."
Through 14 games, he has served as the lead blocker for the NFL's second-ranked rushing offense. He has rushed 23 times for 37 yards and two touchdowns and has seven receptions for 70 yards and one touchdown. He was originally a second round pick in the 2004 NFL Draft out of Florida State.
Each year the Ed Block Courage Awards honor those players who overcome adversity on the field, possess strong character and a will to endure life's trials, and who continuously strive for excellence on and off the field. Ed Block Courage Award recipients are selected by a vote of their teammates. The Jaguars awarded the honor to DE Paul Frase in 1995, TE Derek Brown in 1996, CB Dave Thomas in 1997, QB Mark Brunell in 1998, RB James Stewart in 1999, OT Tony Boselli in 2000, WR Jimmy Smith in 2001, RB Fred Taylor in 2002, DE Tony Brackens in 2003, QB David Garrard in 2004, DE Paul Spicer in 2005 and LB Jorge Cordova in 2006.
The Jaguars' other nominees this year were DE Brent Hawkins, DE Reggie Hayward, LB Mike Peterson, DT Marcus Stroud and TE George Wrighster. Past winners are not eligible.
All 32 of this year's Ed Block Courage Award recipients — one from each team — will be honored at a banquet next spring in Baltimore. Proceeds from the event benefit abused children of The Courage House National Support Network.