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Vikings Teammates Select Phil Loadholt as 2015 Ed Block Courage Award Recipient

Eden Prairie, MN (December 2, 2015) –Vikings T Phil Loadholt has been selected as the club's 2015 Ed Block Courage Award recipient by his teammates. A respected team leader who is active in charitable efforts off the field and supporting teammates initiatives has been on injured reserve since suffering a preseason Achilles injury.

Originally a 2nd-round pick by the Vikings in 2009 out of Oklahoma, Loadholt has started all 89 career games he has played and an additional 3 playoff contests. He ranks 9th in club history for starts by an OT and was named to the 2009 All-Rookie team when he started all 16 regular season games and both playoff games as the team advanced to the NFC Championship Game. Loadholt started all 16 games in 2012 when Adrian Peterson posted 2,097 yards to lead the NFL in rushing and nearly break the NFL single-season record.

Since 1984 the Ed Block Courage Awards annually honors one player from every NFL team who exemplifies commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage. Recipients are selected by a vote of their teammates to recognize both on and off the field extra efforts and their ability to overcome great adversity, whether it be personal or professional. The Ed Block Courage Award is named in honor of Ed Block, the longtime head athletic trainer of the Baltimore Colts. Winners travel to Baltimore every March to receive their trophy at a gala in their honor and spend time at the local Courage House at St. Vincent's Center, a facility specializing in working with abused children. This visit, and the time spent with the children, allows each recipient to fully comprehend the true meaning of the award.

For more information on the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation, visit www.edblock.org.

Vikings Ed Block Courage Honorees

Phil Loadholt......……...2015

Greg Jennings...……...2014

Kevin Williams...……...2013

Adrian Peterson ……...2012

Anthony Herrera……...2011

Cedric Griffin............... 2010

E.J. Henderson........... 2009

Kenechi Udeze........... 2008

Chad Greenway......... 2007

Matt Birk....................... 2006

Koren Robinson.......... 2005

Corey Chavous........... 2004

Eric Kelly...................... 2003

Lewis Kelly.................. 2002

Daunte Culpepper..... 2001

Gary Anderson............ 2000

Robert Griffith.............. 1999

Randall Cunningham 1998

Robert Smith............... 1997

Scottie Graham........... 1996

John Randle................ 1995

Cris Carter................... 1994

Henry Thomas............ 1993

Darrin Nelson.............. 1992

Terry Allen................... 1991

Gary Zimmerman....... 1990

Jim Gustafson............. 1989

Leo Lewis.................... 1988

Scott Studwell............. 1987

Walker Lee Ashley..... 1986

Keith Nord.................... 1985

Steve Riley................... 1984

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