INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Colts punter Rigoberto Sanchez, who returned to the team last week after having a cancerous tumor removed, was selected by his teammates as the recipient of the 2020 Ed Block Courage Award.
The award recognizes a player on each of the NFL's 32 teams for his courageous play. Players selected are honored each March at a banquet in Baltimore.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to be selected for this award, especially with the great men that we have in our locker room,” Sanchez said in a news release. “I’ve always admired the people around the league who have made the list and I’m blessed to be one of the 32 recipients this year. I’m thankful for everyone who categorized me for this distinguished award. Just know, to always keep going and be the change.”
Sanchez has promoted awareness for the National Alliance on Mental Health, the Lupus Foundation of America and the Lung Cancer Foundation of America as part of the NFL’s "My Cause My Cleats" initiative
Sanchez announced Nov. 30 he would undergo surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. He returned to the field three weeks later for the Colts' Dec. 20 game against Houston.
The Ed Block Courage Award is named for the head athletic trainer of the Baltimore Colts from 1954-77.