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Merriman and Athletic Training Staff receive awards

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Mar 10, 2010.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006

    By: Jamaal LaFrance

    Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman, along with Head Athletic Trainer James Collins and his staff were in Baltimore, Maryland yesterday to receive the Ed Block Courage Award and the NFL Athletic Training Staff of the Year Award, respectively.

    Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman[​IMG] made a remarkable comeback in 2009 after missing nearly the entire 2008 season because of severely torn ligaments in his knee.
    In recognition of his return from a season-ending injury, Merriman’s teammates honored him as the team’s Ed Block Courage Award recipient.
    The Ed Block Courage award honors one player annually from each NFL team who exemplifies sportsmanship and courage. Recipients are selected by their teammates for team effort as well as individual performance. The award is named in memory of long-time head athletic trainer Ed Block of the Baltimore Colts who dedicated his life to assisting abused children.
    Merriman wasn’t the only Charger recognized on Tuesday. The team’s head athletic trainer, James Collins and assistants Damon Mitchell and Will Rogers were voted the 2009 NFL Athletic Training Staff of the Year by the Professional Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS).
    The black-tie dinner ceremony took place in Merriman’s, hometown of Baltimore, Maryland.
    The three-time Pro Bowl honoree and Chargers’ 2007 defensive player of the year is one of the team’s most spirited players and showed resilience and determination while recovering from an intricate knee surgery less than two years ago.
    Although hampered by lingering groin and foot injuries, Merriman started in all but two games in 2009 and led the team with 20 quarterback pressures. His two sacks in the fourth quarter against the Giants in Week 8 helped seal a road victory that would eventually catapult the Chargers to a franchise-best 7-1 record on the road.
    Collins is in his 14th season with the Chargers and 11th as the team’s head athletic trainer. He, Mitchell and Rogers oversee all medical treatment and rehabilitation for the players.
    This is the first time in his professional career that he and his staff have been voted for the prestigious award.
    “It’s a big honor for us to receive this award,” Collins said. “It means that our peers feel as though we do a great job in representing the NFL, our players and our team by performing at a high level in athletic training and sports medicine.”
    The PFATS selects its staff of the year based on the following criteria: distinguished service to the NATA, district or state athletic training or sport; medicine organizations; recognition or awards from athletic training or sports medicine organizations; recognition of innovative techniques, procedures or research that has advanced the athletic training profession; recognition for contribution to their NFL club, the NFL or the NFL community, and charitable contributions to the NFL community or the athletic training profession.
  2. Retired Catholic

    Retired Catholic BoltTalker

    Aug 3, 2006
    Would have been more courageous to get the surgery sooner.

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