Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Tony Boselli has been selected by his teammates as the team's 2000 Ed Block Courage Award recipient. Boselli, 28, returned quickly from reconstructive knee surgery to lead the Jaguars' revamped offensive line this season.
Boselli suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the final game of the 1999 regular season on January 2 against the Cincinnati Bengals. He missed the two playoff games, including the AFC Championship game. After undergoing a rigorous rehabilitation, Boselli returned in exactly seven months and one day to start the 2000 season opener on September 3 at Cleveland. With injuries dismantling the offensive line most of this season, Boselli has been the constant, playing all but the final quarter of the first game and missing two plays in another game.
The team's first-ever choice in the Jaguars' inaugural draft in 1995, Boselli has been named to the last four Pro Bowls and been selected All-Pro each of the last three years. He has allowed only 11 sacks in six NFL seasons, and this year he was selected to the 1990s NFL All-Decade Team second team.
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 and RB James Stewart in 1999.
The Jaguars' other nominees this year were CB Fernando Bryant, OT/G Todd Fordham, S Mike Logan,
WR Keenan McCardell and LB Erik Storz.
All 31 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.