April 1, 2019 — Zach Miller will be honored by Maryville and the Chicago Bears on April 9 with the 2019 Ed Block Courage Award. This prestigious award is presented to one player on all 32 National Football League teams who exemplifies professionalism and dedication. The winner is considered to be a role model and an advocate for victims of violence, abuse, and neglect.
Each NFL team participating in the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation program selects a “Courage House,” an organization which supports victims of abuse, violence and neglect. Maryville’s Crisis Nursery is the Chicago Bears’ designated courage house.
Maryville is a social service agency which sponsors programs for children and families. Maryville’s Crisis Nursery provides temporary, emergency child care for families in crisis.
Tight end Miller suffered a devastating injury in a Bears-New Orleans Saints matchup in October 2017. The injury nearly cost him his left leg. Since then, he has undergone multiple surgeries and grueling rehabilitation.
“Many of our children and families have faced great challenges,” said Sister Catherine M. Ryan, O.S.F., Maryville’s executive director. “It is fitting that this NFL player who began as a college walk-on serves as an inspiration to those whose paths were not easy, but still full of love, and glory, and success.”
The Ed Block Courage Award luncheon benefits the Ed McCaskey Scholarship Fund which donates to high school scholarships for the children of Maryville. The scholarship is named for Bears vice president and treasurer and longtime Maryville supporter Ed McCaskey.