Bengals choose Cedric Benson for Ed Block Courage Award

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In a move that will surely raise some eyebrows, the Cincinnati Bengals have chosen Cedric Benson as this year’s winner of their Ed Block Courage Award, which goes to NFL players who have shown “commitment to the values of sportsmanship and courage.”

As with Donte Stallworth receiving the Ravens’ Ed Block Courage Award this year and Michael Vick getting the honor from his Eagles teammates last year, the award is honoring a player who had off-field legal problems but managed to put those problems behind him.

As opposed to, you know, honoring a player who never got into legal trouble in the first place.

In fairness to Benson, however, although he has been arrested three times during his NFL career, his off-field problems haven’t risen to nearly the level of Vick or Stallworth, both of whom are convicted felons. And just about everyone in the Bengals organization has spoken highly of Benson this year.

“Cedric is respected by the players, coaches, and staff, given the way he approaches his job as an NFL running back,” said Paul Sparling, the Bengals’ head athletic trainer, in a statement released by the team. “He overcame a serious ankle injury while in Chicago and after being out of football for a time, focused his effort and energies into being a positive and productive member of the Bengals. He is a professional in every sense of the word.”

Benson has started all 15 games for the Bengals and has rushed for 1,058 yards.

9 responses to “Bengals choose Cedric Benson for Ed Block Courage Award

  1. well the other picks were flat out tragic. neither vick nor stallworth exhibited any courage whatsoever.

    and after tragedy comes farce.

  2. Im sorry, but I dont get the negative comments for a player receiving this award. It’s an award voted on by his teammates, they can bloody vote for whoever they want.

    Plus it shows how well a player is with their teammates and hopefully positively influences them further. It’s impressive that a person convicted of manslaughter is respected by his teammates. It’s impressive that a man who ran an underground dogfighting ring and spent time in prison was respected by his teammates.. BEFORE he became a league MVP candidate.

    What we think because we read a blog post once a day means NOTHING. The players spend every day with these people.. every single day.. dont you think they have a better idea on their character than we do?

  3. America, where success is now measured by how far you have come back from your hideous transgressions.

  4. And to celebrate Ced plans on taking a few bong rips and having a couple beers, then maybe some boating and getting pepper sprayed.

    You know, kinda seeing how the day all works out.

  5. Since when was the respect of the Bengals’ players, coaches and staff ever worth anything?

    I’m so happy he’s all grown up now, though. I bet the Bears would like to have that $20 million back.

  6. @ewitkowski:

    Your point is correct- they can vote for whomever they want. And they do know the players better than we do.

    But it doesn’t bother you that time after time players think that most courageous thing anyone on their team has done was to go back to being good at football after committing crimes?

    Is there anything courageous about doing well at the only thing you know how to do well, while not getting arrested in the process?

    Let them give the award to whomever they want. As long as they realize that they are rendering the award meaningless to the rest of the world.

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