Although his Eagles will not be making the playoffs this season, former Montana Grizzly and Butte native Colt Anderson has had a milestone year in Philadelphia. And this week he can add yet another accomplishment to his resume.
The Philadelphia Eagles announced yesterday that Anderson has been awarded this year's 2012 Ed Block Courage award. Every year this award honors NFL players who exemplify commitment to sportsmanship and courage. Players are selected in a vote by their teammates. Other notable Eagles who have received the award include Michael Vick and Jason Avant.
"I have to do a history lesson to figure out exactly what it's all about," said Anderson in an interview at the Eagles' Xfinity studio on Tuesday. "I'm just completely honored and the guys like you said before that have been mentioned is pretty cool."
This is the 2nd straight season that Anderson has led the team in special teams production points. On top of that he's started at safety for Philadelphia the past two games and recorded 19 tackles during that time.
Of course the journey here hasn't been an easy one for Anderson. He was originally an undrafted free agent to the Vikings in 2010. The Eagles plucked Anderson off Minnesota's practice squad midway through that rookie season.
Last year Anderson was having a great season with the Eagles until week 13 when he suffered a torn ACL against the Seahawks.
He spent the entire off-season rehabbing his injury and hoping that he could get back to form for this season. He worked out a lot with Pfahler sport specific in Missoula, run by his former Montana Grizzly teammate Stephen Pfahler.
Anderson hit all of his physical deadlines and returned to the eagles lineup in week two. This year he again leads the team in special teams production points with 165 and he says he's very thankful to be back to full health.
"There were a couple days maybe where I was down and doubted whether I'd be back to my normal self but thankful for my wife and my family and my kids," said Anderson. "They just kept me going and just kept telling me that I could play you know and that everything would be alright."