Monday, April 4, 2011Posted: 5:20 p.m.
Chicago Bears DT Anthony Adams will be presented with the Ed Block Courage Award. The ceremony will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, April 5, at Maryville Academy (1150 North River Rd., Des Plaines, IL) from 12:30-2:30 p.m.
The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of neglected children and ending the cycle of abuse. It's purpose is to raise public awareness and help support child abuse prevention. That objective is coupled with the Foundation's commitment to celebrating players of inspiration in the NFL.
The Courage Award has become a highly esteemed award in the NFL, as the recipient is chosen by his peers. Past Courage Award winners include Joe Montana, Tiki Barber, Peyton Manning, Trent Dilfer, Ed Reed, Reggie Wayne, Jerry Rice, Rod Woodson, Dan Marino, and Jim Kelly.
The award is named in honor of Ed Block, the longtime head athletic trainer of the Baltimore Colts who was successful in his profession, as well as a revered humanitarian.
The Bears parted ways with wide receiver Taylor Gabriel, releasing him and cornerback Prince Amukamara on Friday.
Gabriel, who played two seasons with the Bears, took to Twitter to thank the fans and the city of Chicago as a whole for his time with the squad. His kind message came attached to video clips of two of Gabriel's six receiving touchdowns as a Bear.
Over his two years and 25 games with the Bears, Gabriel racked up 96 receptions, 1,041 yards, and 6 touchdowns.
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The Chicago Bears released veteran cornerback Prince Amukamara on Friday in a move that was expected in order to free up salary-cap space in advance of free agency this March.
By moving on from Amukamara, the Bears will have an additional $9 million to spend on the open market, which could ultimately be used on his replacement. It could also be shifted to other positions of need along the offensive line or on that pesky veteran quarterback who's sure to rile up the fan base.
There's also the Allen Robinson contract extension that eventually needs to get hammered out.
The good news for Chicago is there are several viable options who will be available in free agency and the NFL draft that can replace Amukamara in the starting lineup. Here's a look at five of them: