Tyrann Mathieu was a stud in his rookie year, before his untimely injury. His recovery in 2014 was slow, but we saw glimpses of the man who made plays when they needed to be made only a year before.
After his teammates voted for him last fall, was was honored on Monday, receiving the Ed Block Courage Award.
The Ed Block award is given to a player from all 32 teams. That individual is voted for by his teammates.The award honors players who exemplified the "principles of sportsmanship and courage". Mathieu showed both, as he found his way onto the field in Week 2, and played in 13 games, starting in six.
His courage was on display early as well. After being tentative in hitting people, or covering, in his first game back, he found his groove against the 49ers, making several nice tackles to help the team secure a 3-0 record into the bye
The only other player who should have been close to earning the award is Andre Ellington, who played the majority of the season on a bad foot, and a plethora of other injuries.
Thanks to my teammates for seeing me fit for this award. #nflcourage #edblockcourageaward pic.twitter.com/0luSxK0UZE— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) March 17, 2015
Another Cardinal, recently signed Corey Peters, also was given the award, although he was voted by his former Atlanta Falcons teammates. Peters was a great asset in the Atlanta locker room.
Congrats to Tyrann and Peters, and here's to hoping for many more.