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The Ed Block Courage Award

The Ed Block Courage Award is named after Ed Block, the former head athletic trainer of the Baltimore Colts of 23 years. Block was a pioneer in his profession and a respected humanitarian whose most passionate cause was helping children of abuse. The award is presented in his name each year to the player that exemplified a commitment to sportsmanship and courage. Ed Block Courage Award winners from each of the 32 NFL teams are honored at a banquet in Baltimore, MD. All proceeds from the event benefit the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation’s Courage House National Support Network. Named after the NFL team in a respective NFL city, a Courage House is a facility that provides support and quality care for abused children and their families in that community. The 49ers dedicated their Courage House in October 2003 at the Edgewood House in San Francisco.

1984   S Ronnie Lott
1985   LB Keena Turner
1986   QB Joe Montana
1987   WR Mike Wilson
1988   CB Eric Wright
1989   DB Chet Brooks
1990   WR Mike Sherrard
1991   DB Dave Waymer
1992   CB Eric Davis
1993   CB Don Griffin
1994   T Harris Barton
1995   DT Dennis Brown
   FB William Floyd
1997   C Jesse Sapolu
1998   WR Jerry Rice
1999   DT Bryant Young
2000   RB Garrison Hearst
2001   S Lance Schulters
2002   S Tony Parrish
2003   C Jeremy Newberry
2004   LB Jamie Winborn
2005   C Jeremy Newberry

2006   RB Frank Gore
C Eric Heitmann
LB Manny Lawson
2009   CB Shawntae Spencer
2010   DT Justin Smith
2011   QB Alex Smith
2012   WR Kyle Williams
2013   C Jonathan Goodwin
2014   WR Kassim Osgood
2015   LB NaVorro Bowman
2016   DL Glenn Dorsey
2017   WR Marquise Goodwin

The Len Eshmont Award

The Len Eshmont Award, the 49ers most prestigious annual honor, has been given each year to the 49er who best exemplifies the “inspirational and courageous play” of Len Eshmont.  A member of the original 1946 49ers team, Eshmont coached at Navy and Virginia following his playing days with the 49ers. Eshmont passed away in 1957.

Listed below are the 49ers annual Len Eshmont Award winners since its inception in 1957:

1957   QB Y.A. Tittle
1958   FB Joe Perry
1959   HB J.D. Smith
1960   S Dave Baker
1961   DT Leo Nomellini
1962   DE Dan Colchico
1963   T Bob St. Clair
1964   DT Charlie Krueger
1965   QB John Brodie
1966   HB John David Crow
1967   LB Dave Wilcox
1968   LB Matt Hazeltine
1969   CB Jimmy Johnson
1970   S Roosevelt Taylor
1971   LB Ed Beard
1972   DE Tommy Hart
1973   S Mel Phillips
1974   T Len Rohde
1975   CB Jimmy Johnson
1976   DE Tommy Hart
1977   S Mel Phillips
1978   RB Paul Hofer
1979   RB Paul Hofer
1980   DT Archie Reese
1981   TE Charle Young
1982   WR Dwight Clark
1983   RB/ST Bill Ring
1984   LB Keena Turner
1985   FB Roger Craig
1986   QB Joe Montana
1987   WR Jerry Rice
1988   NT Michael Carter
            RB Roger Craig
1989   QB Joe Montana
1990   DE Kevin Fagan
            LB Charles Haley
1991   WR John Taylor
1992   QB Steve Young
1993   WR Jerry Rice
1994   QB Steve Young
1995   FB William Floyd
1996   DT Bryant Young

1997   DT Dana Stubblefield
1998   DT Bryant Young
1999   DT Bryant Young
2000   DT Bryant Young
2001   RB Garrison Hearst
2002   S Tony Parrish
2003   LB Julian Peterson
2004   DT Bryant Young
2005   DT Bryant Young
2006   DT Bryant Young
2007   DT Bryant Young
2008   WR Isaac Bruce
2009   TE Vernon Davis
2010   LB Takeo Spikes
2011   DT Justin Smith
2012   DT Justin Smith
2013   LB NaVorro Bowman
2014   RB Frank Gore
2015   WR Anquan Boldin
2016   QB Colin Kaepernick
2017   WR Marquise Goodwin

Matt Hazeltine Award

The Hazeltine Iron Man Award is named after linebacker/center Matt Hazeltine, a 13-year performer who played more seasons at linebacker than any other 49ers player. Known for his durability and dedication, Hazeltine passed away in 1987 from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and Bill Walsh established the award in his honor that year. The award is given annually to the most courageous and inspirational defensive player.

1987   LB Michael Walter
1988   LB Charles Haley
1989   DB Ronnie Lott
1990   DE  Kevin Fagan
1991   LB Charles Haley
1992   DE Pierce Holt
1993   S Tim McDonald
1994   CB Merton Hanks
1995   S Tim McDonald
1996   CB Merton Hanks
1997   LB Gary Plummer
1998   S Tim McDonald
1999   DT Bryant Young
2000   LB Ken Norton Jr.
2001   S Lance Schulters
2002   S John Keith
2003   LB Derek Smith
2004   LB Jeff Ulbrich
2005   DE Bryant Young
2006   LB Brandon Moore

2007   LB Jeff Ulbrich
2008   LB Takeo Spikes
2009   NT Aubrayo Franklin
2010   DT Justin Smith
2011   DT Justin Smith
2012   DT Ray McDonald
2013   DT Justin Smith
2014   DT Justin Smith
2015   DB Jimmie Ward
2016   S Antoine Bethea
2017   DL DeForest Buckner

Thomas Herrion Award

49ers owners Denise and John York established the Thomas Herrion Memorial Award in 2005, which will be presented each season to a rookie or first-year player that best represents the Dream of Thomas Herrion. The award will go to a player, like Thomas, who has taken advantage of every opportunity, turned it into a positive situation and made their dream turn into a reality.

2005   T Thomas Herrion
2006   T Harvey Dahl
2007   CB Tarell Brown
2008   WR Dominique Zeigler
2009   FB Brit Miller
2010   RB Anthony Dixon
            DT Will Tukuafu
2011   CB Cory Nelms
2012   WR Kyle Williams
2013   S Eric Reid
2014   LB Chris Borland
2015   S Jaquiski Tartt
2016   DL DeForest Buckner
2017   DB Adrian Colbert

The Bobb McKittrick Award

This award is given annually to the 49ers offensive lineman who best exemplifies the dedication, excellence and commitment of offensive line coach Bobb McKittrick, a five-time Super Bowl Champion.

In 1999, the San Francisco 49ers, under the direction of Bill Walsh, established the Bobb McKittrick Award.  The award is meant to honor those offensive linemen who have best represented the courage, intensity and sacrifice displayed by the late Coach McKittrick during his 21 years of service with the 49ers.

“Bobb gave distinguished service to the organization since our renaissance in 1979.  He was a vital factor in five Super Bowl Championships, the evolution of a dynasty and in the production of some of the finest offensive linemen in football. Offensive linemen don’t receive the recognition they so richly deserve.  This gives us a venue to honor their sacrifices and achievements,” Walsh said.

A bronze plaque of McKittrick hangs in the 49ers locker room surrounded by the photographs of the McKittrick Award winners.

1981   Keith Fahnhorst
1983   John Ayers
1984   Randy Cross
1985   Fred Quillan
1986   Keith Fahnhorst
1987   Bubba Paris
1988   Steve Wallace
1989   Harris Barton
1990   Guy McIntyre
1991   Jesse Sapolu
1992   Guy McIntyre
1993   Harris Barton
1994   Derrick Deese
1995   Kirk Scrafford
1996   Jesse Sapolu
1997   Ray Brown
1998   Chris Dalman
1999   Ray Brown
2000   Jeremy Newberry
2001   Ray Brown
2002   Scott Gragg
2003   Jeremy Newberry
2004   Kyle Kosier
2005   Jeremy Newberry

2006   Eric Heitmann
2007   Eric Heitmann
2008   Eric Heitmann
2009   David Baas
2010   David Baas
2011   Jonathan Goodwin
2012   Anthony Davis
2013   Alex Boone
2014   Joe Staley
2015   Joe Staley
2016   Zane Beadles
2017   Daniel Kilgore

Garry Niver Award

The Garry Niver Award is presented annually by the San Francisco Chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America to a 49ers’ player for his cooperation and professional style in helping the pro football writers do their jobs. The award is named after pro football writer, Garry Niver, who was a long-time beat writer who covered the 49ers for the San Mateo Times.

1993   C/G Jesse Sapolu
1994   S Tim McDonald
1995   QB Steve Young
1996   T Steve Wallace
1997   G Ray Brown
1998   S Tim McDonald
1999   WR Jerry Rice
2000   S Lance Schulters
2001   QB Jeff Garcia
2002   DT Dana Stubblefield
2003   QB Jeff Garcia
2004   LB Jeff Ulbrich
2005   LB Julian Peterson
2006   DE Bryant Young
2007   RB Frank Gore
2008   C Eric Heitmann
2009   QB Alex Smith
           QB Shaun Hill
2010   LB Takeo Spikes
2011   S Donte Whitner
2012   RB Frank Gore
2013   S Donte Whitner
2014   RB Frank Gore
2015   WR Torrey Smith
2016   S Antoine Bethea
2017   WR Marquise Goodwin

Bill Walsh Award

The Bill Walsh Award was established in 2004 in honor of San Francisco’s Hall of Fame Head Coach Bill Walsh. Walsh served as the team’s head coach for 10 seasons from 1979-88. In that time, he compiled a record of 102-63-1 and led the team to three Super Bowls. He was twice named Coach of the Year (1981, 1984) and was later named Coach of the Decade for the 1980s. The award, which is voted on by coaches only, is given to the 49ers team MVP, honoring his outstanding individual annual performance.

2004   DE Bryant Young
2005   LB Derek Smith
           K Joe Nedney
2006   RB Frank Gore
           CB Walt Harris
2007   CB Nate Clements
           LB Patrick Willis
2008   DE Justin Smith
2009   LB Patrick Willis
2010   RB Frank Gore
2011   DT Justin Smith
2012   LB Aldon Smith
2013   WR Anquan Boldin
2014   S Antoine Bethea
2015   K Phil Dawson
2016   T Joe Staley
2017   FB Kyle Juszczyk