BOSTON (CBS) – Sebastian Vollmer has been named the Patriots’ recipient of the 2013 Ed Block Courage Award.

The award, given to one player on each of the 32 NFL teams, is voted on by teammates and annually given to the player who best exemplifies the principles of courage and sportsmanship, while also serving as a source of inspiration. The award is named after Ed Block, a long-time head trainer for the Baltimore Colts and a respected humanitarian dedicated to helping children.

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Vollmer, who has battled his way back from back and foot injuries the last two seasons, started at right tackle for the first eight games of the 2013 season before landing on the injured reserve with a right leg injury. Recipients are often players who have overcome devastating injuries or tragedies in their personal lives to return to top-level competition in the NFL.

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Vollmer and the 31 other award winners will be honored at the 36th Annual Ed Block Courage Awards banquet in Baltimore on March 17, 2014.

Tune in to the AFC Championship game Sunday afternoon at 3 pm on 98.5 The Sports Hub and WBZ-TV — the flagship stations of the New England Patriots. WBZ-TV will have a special 90-minute edition of Patriots GameDay beginning at 11:30 am, with pregame coverage beginning on 98.5 FM at noon.



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