The Eagles announced that long snapper Jon Dorenbos has been named the team's Ed Block Courage Award recipient for 2008.
Each year, the Ed Block Courage Award honors those National Football League players who exemplify commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage. They are selected in a vote by their teammates for team effort as well as individual performance.
After battling a tremendous amount of adversity early in life, Dorenbos worked hard and stayed focused enough to carve out a successful career as a NFL long snapper. Originally signed as a rookie free agent by the Buffalo Bills in 2003, Dorenbos is now in his third year in Philadelphia after signing with the Eagles in the latter half of the 2006 season. During his six-year career, he has appeared in 75 games (including postseason) for the Eagles (2006-present), Titans (2005-06) and Bills (2003-04).
Dorenbos, who endured the murder of his mother by his father at a young age, took up magic to help ease his mind throughout the tough times. He has become so good at his craft that he's been hired for many shows in Hollywood and Las Vegas. Dorenbos also serves as a corporate motivational speaker during the offseason, and has spoken to many companies, including Jackson Financial, ING Financial, Pioneer and National FFA Organization.
Dorenbos, along with one player from each of the other 31 NFL teams, will be honored at the Ed Block Courage Award Banquet in the offseason.