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Fletcher Cox voted as Philadelphia Eagles Ed Block Courage award winner

Well deserved.

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The Philadelphia Eagles officially announced defensive end Fletcher Cox as the team's 2015 Ed Block courage award winner. This yearly award "honors those National Football League players who exemplify commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage." This award is voted on by the team. Previous recipients of the award in recent years include Mike Patterson, Jason Avant, Colt Anderson, Michael Vick, and Jason Kelce. Former Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin received the honor last season.

The award is well-deserved for Cox. The 24-year-old defensive stud is one of the team's best players. His dominant play often goes unrecognized on the national level. This is a good job here by his teammates to help him get some of the recognition and respect he deserves.

This past offseason was very tough for Cox as he lost someone dear to him.

During the 2015 offseason, Fletcher lost his older brother and father figure, Shaddrick, to a battle with heart disease. No big decision was made in Fletcher’s life without counsel from his older brother. In honor of his brother, Fletcher devoted his 2015 season to Shaddrick and the family he left behind.

"Losing my brother had to be one of the hardest things that I’ve faced as a young man," said Fletcher, who now tries to serve as a father figure to Shaddrick’s son, Fletcher’s 7-year-old nephew, T.J.

Fletcher gleaned many of his passions, including his love for automobiles, from Shaddrick, who was a lifelong mechanic.

Cox leads all NFL 3-4 defensive ends this season in quarterback hurries with 41, according to Pro Football Focus. His six sacks rank fourth and his nine quarterback hits rank fifth. Cox has forced three fumbles this season and recovered two.

Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis gave high praise to Cox earlier this week.

"I think he's having an outstanding season," Davis said. "If he had the sack numbers to match his pressures, we would be talking about him for defensive MVP. He's having that kind of an effect."