Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey has been named the winner of the team’s Ed Block Courage Award.
The award is presented annually to a Steelers player who has fought back from an injury or tough circumstance to return to the field. Pouncey was placed on the team’s injured reserve list last season when he sustained a season-ending leg injury in the first preseason game.
He was placed on the injured reserve list with a return designation, but his recovery was long and tough, and he was unable to return to the field. His teammates voted for him to receive the award.
“Anything you win from your teammates, and they put that type of honor on you, is amazing,” said Pouncey. “You don’t want to be injured at all. To fight back from the stuff I have is just a blessing. I always smile every single day. I tell everybody smile because you never know with football this could be your last day, especially with everything I have been through. It’s a blessing and an honor to win this.”
Pouncey will be presented with the award on Nov. 15 at the 24th Annual Arthur J. Rooney Sr. Courage House Luncheon at Heinz Field, an event benefiting the Holy Family Institute.
“It’s tough, for sure,” said Pouncey. “At the end of the day I am surrounded by a good group of guys. My inner circle is really, really tight. They love me to death and keep me smiling. I am blessed. There are a lot of people who want this opportunity who aren’t playing football any more. Every day I get to come to work is an honor and a blessing.”