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August 28, 2012

Romo wins 2011 offensive MVP award as well as Ed Block Courage Award

Tony Romo was twice honored Tuesday. He won the team's Ed Block Courage Award, which was announced earlier this year but awarded Tuesday, and his teammates voted him offensive player of the year for 2011.

"I didn't know I'd have to give two speeches, so I'm not as well prepared this time," Romo said during the team's kickoff luncheon benefiting Happy Hill Farm. "As appreciative as [I am], this is the ultimate team sport and there's really no MVP when you play football, because my job has no chance if I don't have five guys up front blocking their butts off and all being one cohesive unit, having a tailback who knows what he's doing, a fullback who knows where he's going, a wide receiver making a great play, a tight end making a guy going a different direction and beating a double team. All these things go together, and it's not just the offensive side of the ball."

The Ed Block Courage Award is an annual award NFL teams give to honor players who "exemplify commitments to the principles of sportsmanship and courage. Recipients are selected by their teammates for team effort, as well as individual performance."

Romo had one of his best seasons with 4,184 yards, 31 touchdowns and 10 interceptions despite playing through two separate, significant injuries. He had a broken rib and a punctured lung in Week 2, never missing a game, and had a severe hand contusion in Week 16 before playing in the season finale against the Giants.

"[This award] is a great example to show the people behind the scenes that allow us to come out and compete and play a game that we love, that we would get out there and do for nothing if we had to," Romo said, pointing out the training staff.

Linebacker DeMarcus Ware, who had 19.5 sacks, was named the team's defensive MVP, and kicker Dan Bailey, who went 32-of-37 with a long of 51, was voted special teams MVP.

Former offensive lineman John Niland took home the Tom Landry Legend Award.

-- Charean Williams




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