Roquan Smith wins Bears’ Ed Block Courage Award

The Bears have named winners each year since 1984. Receiver Allen Robinson won the award last year.

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Bears inside linebacker Roquan Smith was named a second-team all-pro last year.

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Inside linebacker Roquan Smith, who was named second-team all-pro last season, was named the Bears’ Ed Block Courage Award winner on Thursday.

The award, which is given to one player from each NFL team, rewards players who best display professionalism, strength and dedication. It’s voted on by each team’s players, captains and athletic trainers.

The award is named after former Baltimore Colts trainer Ed Block, who was a foster parent and advisor. Money from the Bears’ award goes to Ed McCaskey Scholarship Fund, which donates to children at Maryville Academy in Des Plaines. Ed McCaskey, the former Bears vice president, was a Maryville supporter.

The Bears have named winners each year since 1984. Receiver Allen Robinson won the award last year.

Smith — the former first-round pick from Georgia who is entering his fourth NFL season — will be honored alongside other teams’ winners at a virtual event at 6 p.m. Saturday

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