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Browns select teammate Juston Burris as Ed Block Courage Award winner

Posted December 10, 2019 in Articles

Safety Juston Burris has been selected by his teammates as the Browns' 2019 Ed Block Courage Award winner, the team announced Dec. 10.

Each team nominates a player for the award named after the late trainer of the Baltimore Colts as a tribute to his courage and compassion along with his commitment to his team and the community.

“I’m humbled, very humbled,” Burris said in a statement. “I’m thankful that my teammates thought of me in that light and that they see the hard work I put in to come back to be here to help this team win. I just want to say thank you to them and just for being there and helping me through everything that I went through. I really appreciate them for that.”

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Burris had offseason shoulder surgery. He was waived Sept. 1, claimed by the Raiders the next day, waived by Oakland on Sept. 19 and re-signed by the Browns on Sept. 20. He played every defensive snap in a game with the Rams two nights later and intercepted a pass from Rams quarterback Jared Goff.

“As soon as I came back, they welcomed me with open arms,” Burris added. “Any questions that I had, anything that I needed help with because maybe some things had changed, they were there to help me. I just appreciate them for showing me support and making me feel confident going into (the Rams) game that they trusted me to come in and do what I had to do to help the team.”

Burris has started eight of his 11 games with the Browns and registered 22 tackles (18 solo), He has one sack, two interceptions, four passes defensed and one forced fumble.

Burris has also been active in Browns Give Back’s efforts in the Northeast Ohio community and the team’s commitment to education, youth football and the First and Ten volunteering movement.

“Definitely, my mom and my dad are my inspiration — things my parents taught me, to keep fighting no matter whatever the circumstances is,” Burris said. “Things are going to happen in life, and you just have to keep pushing. Do not make excuses, just keep pushing and just go through it. One quote kind of helped me through it, ‘You grow through what you go through.’ That has kind of been my motto over time. Things are going to happen so you just have to keep fighting.”

Burris was presented the Browns’ 2019 Ed Block Courage Award on Dec. 10 at the Providence House Annual Deck the House Benefit Auction at FirstEnergy Stadium.

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