The Bengals have named DT Geno Atkins as the recipient of their 2020 Ed Block Courage Award.
Coordinated through NFL athletic trainers, the award honors players who symbolize "professionalism, great strength and dedication," while also acting as a community role model.
Atkins, an 11th-year player, suffered a shoulder injury late in training camp that caused him to miss the first four games of the year, and ultimately required season-ending surgery.
"Geno has proven to be a durable player throughout his career here in Cincinnati," said Bengals head athletic trainer Paul Sparling. "This year, he suffered a shoulder injury just prior to the start of the regular season, which caused him to miss time early before ultimately cutting his season short. Geno's dedication to the team, his professionalism and ability to play when many wouldn't, separate him from others. Knowing the effort that Geno will put forth in his post-surgical rehabilitation all but assures that he will return to full strength."
After missing the first four games of the 2020 season, Atkins saw action in Games 5-8 and 10-13, before being placed on Reserve/Injured on Dec. 16.
Atkins has 75.5 career sacks, third-most in Bengals history and just eight shy of the team record of 83.5, held by DE Eddie Edwards.
Atkins entered the NFL in 2010 as a fourth-round pick (120th overall) of the Bengals, and throughout his career has been among Cincinnati's most productive players.