Guard Willie Colon was voted by his teammates as the Steelers 2012 recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award, presented annually to a Steelers player who has fought back from an injury or tough situation to return to the field.
Colon has had a rough few years, missing the 2010 season and all but one game in 2011 due to season-ending injuries.
“I am appreciative of winning it,” said Colon. “There could have been a lot of guys voted for it. It’s a good and a bad thing winning it. I wish I wouldn’t have been hurt to be able to receive it. But the fact that my teammates thought enough about me, and have seen me around this building and know what I have gone through, it feels good.”
Colon suffered a torn Achilles before the 2010 season, bringing his season to an abrupt and disappointing end before it even got started.
Colon worked to get back on the field for the 2011 season opener against the Baltimore Ravens, but tore his triceps muscle against the Ravens, and for the second-straight year found himself on injured reserve.
“The second time was the hardest,” said Colon. “As a player you think you are going to have only one big injury in your career. I thought that was it. I had a good camp, week one I felt good in Baltimore. I was back in the groove.”
Colon spent this past offseason not just getting healthy, but also making the switch from tackle to guard, showing his ability to overcome whatever challenges are placed in front of him and he’s thankful every day for how far he has come.
“With all I have been through, I try to give God thanks for giving me another day to practice,” said Colon. “I try to keep humble, practice my humility and work on my pride as far as being able to fight through anything I am going through.”
Colon will receive the award at the Arthur J. Rooney Courage House Luncheon on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at the East Club Lounge at Heinz Field. For more information call 412-766-9020 ext. 439.
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