Bengals Bobbie Williams wins courage award

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Bengals have named G Bobbie Williams as the recipient of this year's Ed Block Courage Award.

The award honors players who demonstrate commitment to the values of sportsmanship and courage. Each NFL team selects one player as its nominee. Williams will be honored with other teams' recipients at the annual awards banquet in Baltimore at the conclusion of the 2009-10 season.

Williams joined the Bengals as an unrestricted free agent in 2004. He has never missed a Bengals game due to a football-related injury. His only three missed games were due to an emergency appendectomy in 2006.

"Bobbie has proven to be durable and tough," said Paul Sparling, Bengals head athletic trainer. "He always has a positive attitude and understands the real meaning of being a professional.  He is an inspiration to us all."

Williams has started all 13 games at RG this season for the Bengals, playing a key role in helping develop one of the NFL's top rushing offenses.

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