The Bengals have named DT Ryan Glasgow the recipient of their 2019 Ed Block Courage Award. He will officially be honored in March at the Ed Block annual awards banquet in Baltimore.
Organized through NFL athletic trainers, the award honors players "who exemplify commitments to the principles of sportsmanship and courage." Additionally, it recognizes players that symbolize "professionalism, great strength and dedication," while being a role model in the community.
Glasgow, a third-year player, suffered a right knee injury in Game 3 of the 2018 season that caused him to miss the remainder of the year. The injury required reconstructive knee surgery and a lengthy recovery process. Despite the setback, Glasgow was able to return in time to participate in the first day of 2019 training camp – 10 months after the initial injury.
"Ryan stayed focused on the goal of getting back to the football field, from shortly after the injury until the day he was cleared to practice," said head athletic trainer Paul Sparling. "He is an inspiration to all who surround him and is an example of how to handle the physical and emotional setback after a serious injury."
In 2019, Glasgow made seven tackles in five games (two starts) for the Bengals. On Oct. 30, though, he was forced back to the Reserve/Injured list after re-injuring the same knee in Game 8 against the L.A. Rams.
"Although he suffered a re-injury this season while playing in London," Sparling said, "he has approached this recent setback as he did last season and continues to attack his rehabilitation with the same dedication as he demonstrated last year."
Glasgow entered the league in 2017 as a Bengals' fourth-round draft choice (138th overall) out of University of Michigan, where he joined the team as a walk-on and proceeded to earn all-Big Ten second team honors his senior season.