Adams wins Bears' courage award

LAKE FOREST, Ill -- The Chicago Bears announced on Wednesday the club voted defensive tackle Anthony Adams its 2010 Ed Block Courage Award winner.

An eighth-year veteran, Adams took a break from a game of Scrabble on his iPad to discuss his feelings on winning the award, which was voted on by teammates.

"It's great to win such a prestigious award and be voted by my teammates ... that makes a lot of difference to get voted [in] by a lot of the Bears guys," Adams said. "It's great."

According to the Ed Block Courage Award website, the "recipient symbolizes professionalism, great strength and dedication. He is also a community role model." Defensive end Israel Idonije won the award in 2009.

The award is named after Ed Block, a former head athletic trainer of the Baltimore Colts, who was considered a humanitarian and pioneer in his profession.

"His character, leadership [he's] a guy with a lot of personality, [who] keeps the group live at all times; all of us, I should say," Bears coach Lovie Smith said. "So it's always good when you're selected by your peers for something like that."

Anderson has started played 29 consecutive games, starting 10 straight, and has contributed 13 tackles through the first seven contests.