On Thursday the Vikings named CB Cedric Griffin the team’s recipient of the 2010 Ed Block Courage Award, an honor NFL players do not take lightly because it’s voted on by their peers. The award is named in honor of Ed Block, the longtime head athletic trainer of the Baltimore Colts who was a pioneer in his profession and a respected humanitarian. The award is given to one player from each team who exemplifies commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage.
On Friday, Griffin met with reporters in the Winter Park lobby and he expressed gratitude to his teammates for honoring him with the award and he also made clear the confidence he has in his recovery from a torn ACL he suffered early in the season. The injury to Griffin this season was especially tough to take because the physical CB had suffered the same injury in his other knee during last season’s NFC Championship Game.
It was clear in listening to Griffin, though, that he’s confident he’ll return to the field for the 2011 season and not miss a beat. That’s a good sign for the Vikings and for a secondary that missed him this season. Here are a few other thoughts from his conversation with reporters…
– Griffin said one tough aspect of this injury was missing most of the season. Before 2010, he had never missed a season with injury through high school, college and the NFL.
– Asked if there were ever times in his rehab process where he felt discouraged, Griffin said no. The only time he felt frustration was on the sidelines of the NFC Championship Game last year after he suffered the first knee injury. Since then, he said, he’s learned to channel that frustration to his rehab.
– Griffin said he didn’t look at his absence from the CB position with frustration. Rather, he said he was encouraged to see other players, such as Asher Allen and Chris Cook, gain valuable experience that will make them better players in the future and that will give the Vikings secondary valuable depth going forward.
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