The Eagles today announced that long snapper Jon Dorenbos has been named the team's Ed Block Courage Award recipient of 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 with the Eagles.
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.