Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain is the recipient of the 2013 Ed Block Courage Award for the team, it was announced on Tuesday.
McClain has bounced back from suffering a spinal cord contusion in last year's game in Washington (Week 13). He went on injured reserve, and was informed by at least one doctor that his playing days were over. But McClain kept working and battled back.
He began this season on the PUP list and had to sit out six weeks. He came back in the seventh game versus the Steelers and has remained in the lineup since, helping a Ravens defense that needed some stability.
“People counted me out,” McClain said in a statement Tuesday. “I was told I’d never play again and that I should focus on life after football. But I wasn’t going to succumb. All I could do was believe in myself, which I’ve always done. I fought the odds before, and I’ll fight the odds again. I’ve always believed in myself and tuned out the negativity. If you look now, I’m still here – still doing what I love and fighting for my team.”
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The Ed Block award also is about doing good work away from the football field, and McClain's done plenty of that.
McClain does a lot of work with the Salvation Army Baltimore Area Command. There was a time in his life when McClain lived in a Salvation Army shelter, and he truly makes a strong effort to help the group.
In addition, McClain annually hosts 53 Families, a Thanksgiving food drive, and kicks off the annual Red Kettle Campaign as its spokesperson.