One day after announcing that cornerback Stephon Gilmore had been selected for this weekend's Pro Bowl, the Buffalo Bills announced on Tuesday that Gilmore has been selected as the team’s Ed Block Courage Award winner. 

The Ed Block Courage Award is presented to the player who exemplifies a commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage, symbolizing professionalism, strength, dedication and serves as a community role model for others.

Gilmore will be honored along with the 31 other award representatives at the annual Ed Block Courage Awards Foundation ceremony on March 11th in Baltimore, MD.

Gilmore had major shoulder surgery at the end of the 2015 season, but had a great season in 2016 with 48 tackles and five interceptions on the way to his first career Pro Bowl selection.

Gilmore also donates his time to community causes in Buffalo and in his home in South Carolina.  He participated in the My Cause, My Cleats program by wearing cleats that support the Alzheimer's Association.

The Ed Block Courage Award is named after the former Head Athletic Trainer of the Baltimore Colts who served in that role for nearly 30 years.  Block was a World War II veteran who was famous for the physical care of his players and for the well-being of children thru the prevention of child abuse.

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