As the battle back to normalcy after a horrific injury continues for Miller Sam Acho Jersey , the Bears are recognizing his tremendous efforts." NewsFrom The Desk Of...Make light: Zach Miller to be honored with Ed Block Courage AwardNew,10commentsAs the battle back to normalcy after a horrific injury continues for Miller, the Bears are recognizing his tremendous efforts. CDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:Make light: Zach Miller to be honored with Ed Block Courage AwardTwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailHow you blow a kiss when you receive an excellent honor. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesThe memory of the play is unquestionably firmly embedded into Zach Millers mind. You can telegram it frame by frame. A hostile road environment with a raucous crowd in New Orleans. A tense fourth quarter for a young Bears team learning how to win with the most strenuous of tests. Then, an over-the-top beautiful rainbow from Mitchell Trubisky into the end zone. The veteran Miller uncannily coming down with a perfect catch on a perfect pass in tight coverage, the way he always did. The way hes always made light of any situation on and off the football field. Until, seemingly, he wasnt able to make any light anymore. Today, the Bears will honor Miller with their prestigious Ed Block Courage Award. Theyll be acknowledging the tremendous resolve hes shown since he dislocated his knee, tore a popliteal artery, and nearly lost his life on a fateful late October Sunday afternoon. Millers always been a face with a glowing smile. A man with an impeccable positive attitude who rubs off on everyone he comes into contact with. From family and friends, to teammates and coaches https://www.thebearsfanshop.com/Devin-Hester-Jersey , its rare theres anyone with anything negative to say of Millers influence and presence in their respective lives. In most instances, people like Miller only become more appreciated for their uncommon willing attitude. For their initiative to stay active and helpful in every endeavor the people in their lives partake in. By this qualifier, an award with described commitments to sportsmanship, courage, professionalism, and locker room inspirations, could technically be won by Miller every year. An award that views its recipients as the highest order community role models is a layup as to the continued efforts of Miller. Its ironic to consider now, but since almost losing his life, Millers somehow been that much more of a mentor and shoulder to lean on for everyone. Hes been a valuable player coach of sorts for the Bears, and a consistently active member in Chicagoland communities away from football activity. He hasnt let his situation dictate the power he can have on others careers and lives, and hes never shown signs to the contrary.Sometimes the most difficult and unpredictable circumstances bring you down into a pit of despair. Sometimes Danny Trevathan Color Rush Jersey , in the exemplary case of Miller, you shrug them off, strive for better in every avenue of your life, and make light despite everyone telling you its time to rest. Its okay to give in. Its fine to relax. Not for Miller. Sitting down has never been who Miller is one to dwell on the past and feel sorry for himself and it never will be. The Ed Block Courage Award is in its 39th year of distribution. It started with a noble emphasis on preventing child abuse and has evolved into something far more beautiful and impactful. Every NFL team that participates in the program selects one of 23 Courage Houses places that support those who have been neglected and abused and offers a helping hand. The Bears most recent face on this front was 2017 winner Kyle Long, who passes on the mantle to a worthy successor in Miller. By now, Millers life has irreversibly changed ever since that fateful moment in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome over 17 months ago. A moment where he indeed made a catch by typical backyard football rules, but the intricacies of a nonsensical NFL catch rule betrayed him. Many people wouldve gave in at the prospect of rebuilding ones life after such a harrowing personal event. They wouldve mockingly laughed at any idea of redeeming positivity in such dire straits. But not Miller. Thats never been Miller, and it wont be him now. It might be wishful thinking, but the 34-year-old Miller still hasnt officially given up on playing professional football again. Though he hasnt ran since October 2017, steadfast dedication to his rehabilitation has gone well enough for the veteran to refuse to give up hope. Hes already won the mental battle in his recovery. That much is evident. It may only be a matter of time before Miller ramps it up a notch physically as soon as he gets cleared. An unthinkable development thats only unthinkable if you dont understand Miller. You see, that moment in New Orleans is embedded in Millers mind not as a traumatic experience to relive over and over his head to the point of painful Cody Whitehair Jersey , mental exhaustion. But as a humbling reminder to recalibrate his life.Whatever the future holds for Miller, hell undoubtedly continue to beam his pearly whites and make light. The way he always has. Robert is the Editor-in-chief of The Blitz Network (subscribe here!), the managing editor of Windy City Gridiron, and writes for a host of other fine publications. You can follow him on Twitter @RobertZeglinski. As the confetti falls at the conclusion of every Super Bowl, one of the assembled PFT writers posts an item on the potential candidates to face the NFL champion for the opening Thursday of the season. This year, that post ultimately may be moot.Jeff Duncan of the reports the the first game of the NFLs 100th season likely will be the Packers at the Bears. The Packers completed their 100th season in 2018, and the Bears will celebrate theirs contemporaneously with the NFLs centennial celebration.Duncan adds the the Saints and Rams likely will have a rematch in prime time, on NBCs , if the Rams win the Super Bowl. If the Patriots win, New England presumably would open the season on Sunday night, hosting the Dolphins https://www.thebearsfanshop.com/Jonathan-Bullard-Jersey , Bills, Jets, Cowboys, Giants, Steelers, Browns, or Chiefs.The NFL began scheduling the Super Bowl champion for the first game of the season more than a decade ago.
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