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  • Pat McCaskey

    Ed Block Courage Award

    Each year, Chicago Bears players select one of their teammates to receive the Ed Block Courage Award for displaying commitment to the principles of courage and sportsmanship, while serving as an inspiration in the locker room. The accolade has become one of the most esteemed honors bestowed upon a player in the NFL, especially since the recipient is selected by his peers.
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    Charles Tillman

    NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year

    The most prestigious NFL honor recognizing a player for his community service activities as well as his excellence on the field is named after one of our very own: Walter Payton. The NFL Walter Payton "Man of the Year" award is the only League award that recognizes a player's off-the-field community service as well as his playing excellence.
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    Piccolo Award

    Brian Piccolo Award

    Bear veterans vote the Brian Piccolo Award to the rookie who best exemplifies the courage, loyalty, teamwork, dedication, and sense of humor of the late Brian Piccolo. In 1992, the award was expanded to include a veteran who possesses the same qualities.
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    Home Team Hand-Off

    Through the "Home Team Hand-Off" ticket donation program, several Bears players purchased and donated tickets to charitable organizations during the football season. Recent recipients included Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Loretto Hospital Foundation, Benito Juarez Academy High School, Youth Guidance, CPS, and the U.S. Military.

    This annual ticket donation program gives players the opportunity to purchase a block of season tickets to all home games and donate them to a charitable organization of their choice. The charity then distributes the tickets to deserving children so they are able to experience a Bears game at Soldier Field. A child from each organization also has the chance to participate in a special "on-field" experience during a Bears home game.

  • Jay Cutler

    The Jay Cutler Foundation

    The Jay Cutler Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for underprivileged children and those suffering from diabetes.
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Pat McCaskey

Ed Block Courage Award

Each year, Chicago Bears players select one of their teammates to receive the Ed Block Courage Award for displaying commitment to the principles of courage and sportsmanship, while serving as an inspiration in the locker room. The accolade has become one of the most esteemed honors bestowed upon a player in the NFL, especially since the recipient is selected by his peers.

The Courage Award is named after Ed Block, the longtime head athletic trainer of the Baltimore Colts who was a pioneer in his profession and a respected humanitarian. For more than 28 years, the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation has celebrated the courageous efforts of players in the NFL while raising the nation's awareness of the plight of abused children in NFL communities. Through the Foundation's Courage House National Support Network for Kids, the organization has helped Courage Houses improve the lives of abused children across America. Named after the NFL team in a respective city, a Courage House is a facility that provides support/quality care for abused children in that community.

Charles Tillman

NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year

The most prestigious NFL honor recognizing a player for his community service activities as well as his excellence on the field is named after one of our very own: Walter Payton. The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award is the only League award that recognizes a player's off-the-field community service as well as his playing excellence. This prestigious NFL award has been in existence since 1970 and honors players who demonstrate outstanding balance in their lives between civic and professional responsibilities. In 1999, the league renamed the NFL Man of the Year award after Walter Payton as a tribute to his greatness both on and off the field. Cornerback Charles Tillman was named the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year in 2013, making him the fifth Bears player to receive the honor—the most of any team in the NFL. Past Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year winners include:

1977 - Walter Payton, Running Back
1987 - Dave Duerson, Safety
1990 - Mike Singletary, Linebacker
2000 - Jim Flanigan, Defensive Tackle (co-winner)
2013 - Charles Tillman, Cornerback

Piccolo Award

Brian Piccolo Award

Bear veterans vote the Brian Piccolo Award to the rookie who best exemplifies the courage, loyalty, teamwork, dedication, and sense of humor of the late Brian Piccolo. In 1992, the award was expanded to include a veteran who possesses the same qualities.

Home Team Hand-Off

Home Team Hand-Off

Through the "Home Team Hand-Off" ticket donation program, seven Bears players and coaches will purchase and donate over 2,000 tickets during the 2012 Bears season. Recipients include Allendale Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago, Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, By the Hand Club, Chicago Youth Centers, Gift of Hope, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Loretto Hospital Foundation, Los Amigos de Roberto, Lydia Home, Mercy Home, Misericordia, SEDOL Foundation, Special Olympics Chicago, Special Olympics Illinois, UCAN, , USO of Illinois, the U.S. Military and Wounded Warrior Project.

This annual ticket donation program gives players and coaches the opportunity to purchase a block of season tickets to all home games and donate them to a charitable organization of their choice. The charity then distributes the tickets to deserving children so they are able to experience a Bears game at Soldier Field. A child from each organization also has the chance to participate in a special "on-field" experience during a Bears home game.

Jay Cutler

The Jay Cutler Foundation

The Jay Cutler Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for underprivileged children and those suffering from diabetes. It is our belief that we are investing in their future as well as the future of the community itself.

For more information, please visit The Jay Cutler Foundation.