Leon Hall: Defying Odds

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Oct 9, 2011; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Leon Hall (29) reacts during a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Fernando Medina-USA TODAY Sports


The Bengals announced today that cornerback Leon Hall has been named the teams’ recipient of Ed Block courage award for display of courage and sportsmanship. Hall was chosen to receive this award after his 2011 season ended on November 13th vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers in a game in which he suffered a torn Achilles tendon. That kind of injury can require as long as a 10-month rehabilitation period and could have caused Leon to be on the Physically Unable to Perform list when the 2012 season had started, but Hall worked hard everyday to make sure he was ready for the first day of training camp in July, and has played in all but two games this year.

Head Athletic Trainer Paul Sparling noted how hard Hall worked to make sure he was back to playing the sport he loved as quickly as he could:

Leon approached the rehabilitation from his Achilles tendon injury last season with determination to beat the odds and return to play by the start of the season. He put forth the effort, time and energy in his recovery and rehabilitation to give himself the best chance to do just that. He set a great example of what it takes to be able to overcome a challenge, which was recognized by his teammates in being selected to represent the club for this award.


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