2018-06-07 Team Awards

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.

Listed below are the 49ers annual Ed Block Courage Award winners:

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1984 - S Ronnie Lott1985 - LB Keena Turner1986 - QB Joe Montana
1987 - WR Mike Wilson1988 - CB Eric Wright1989 - DB Chet Brooks
1990- WR Mike Sherrard1991 - DB Dave Waymer1992 - CB Eric Davis
1993 - CB Don Griffin1994 - T Harris Barton1995 - DT Dennis Brown
1996 - FB William Floyd1997 - C Jesse Sapolu1998 - WR Jerry Rice
1999 - DT Bryant Young2000 - RB Garrison Hearst2001 - S Lance Schulters
2002 - S Tony Parrish2003 - C Jeremy Newberry2004 - LB Jamie Winborn
2005 - C Jeremy Newberry2006 - RB Frank Gore2007 - C Eric Heitmann
2008 - LB Manny Lawson2009 - CB Shawntae Spencer2010 - DT Justin Smith
2011 - QB Alex Smith2012 - WR Kyle Williams2013 - C Jonathan Goodwin
2014 - WR Kassim Osgood2015 - LB NaVorro Bowman2016 - DL Glenn Dorsey
2017 - WR Marquise Goodwin2018 - CB Richard Sherman2019 - DL Solomon Thomas
2020 - CB Jason Verrett

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:

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1957 - QB Y.A. Tittle1958 - FB Joe Perry1959 - HB J.D. Smith
1960 - S Dave Baker1961 - DT Leo Nomellini1962 - DE Dan Colchico
1963 - T Bob St. Clair1964 - DT Charlie Krueger1965 - QB John Brodie
1966 - HB John David Crow1967 - LB Dave Wilcox1968 - LB Matt Hazeltine
1969 - CB Jimmy Johnson1970 - S Roosevelt Taylor1971 - LB Ed Beard
1972 - DE Tommy Hart1973 - S Mel Phillips1974 - T Len Rohde
1975 - CB Jimmy Johnson1976 - DE Tommy Hart1977 - S Mel Phillips
1978 - RB Paul Hofer1979 - RB Paul Hofer1980 - DT Archie Reese
1981 - TE Charle Young1982 - WR Dwight Clark1983 - RB/ST Bill Ring
1984 - LB Keena Turner1985 - FB Roger Craig1986 - QB Joe Montana
1987 - WR Jerry Rice1988 - NT Michael Carter/ RB Roger Craig1989 - QB Joe Montana
1990 - DE Kevin Fagan/ LB Charles Haley1991 - WR John Taylor1992 - QB Steve Young
1993 - WR Jerry Rice1994 - QB Steve Young1995 - FB William Floyd
1996 - DT Bryant Young1997 - DT Dana Stubblefield1998 - DT Bryant Young
1999 - DT Bryant Young2000 - DT Bryant Young2001 - RB Garrison Hearst
2002 - S Tony Parrish2003 - LB Julian Peterson2004 - DT Bryant Young
2005 - DT Bryant Young2006 - DT Bryant Young2007 - DT Bryant Young
2008 - WR Isaac Bruce2009 - TE Vernon Davis2010 - LB Takeo Spikes
2011 - DT Justin Smith2012 - DT Justin Smith2013 - LB NaVorro Bowman
2014 - RB Frank Gore2015 - WR Anquan Boldin2016 - QB Colin Kaepernick
2017 - WR Marquise Goodwin2018 - DL DeForest Buckner2019 - TE George Kittle
2020 - LB Fred Warner

​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.

Listed below are the 49ers annual award winners since its inception in 1987:

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1987 - LB Michael Walter1988 - LB Charles Haley1989 - DB Ronnie Lott
1990 - DE  Kevin Fagan1991 - LB Charles Haley1992 - DE Pierce Holt
1993 - S Tim McDonald1994 - CB Merton Hanks1995 - S Tim McDonald
1996 - CB Merton Hanks1997 - LB Gary Plummer1998 - S Tim McDonald
1999 - DT Bryant Young2000 - LB Ken Norton Jr.2001 - S Lance Schulters
2002 - S John Keith2003 - LB Derek Smith2004 - LB Jeff Ulbrich
2005 - DE Bryant Young2006 - LB Brandon Moore2007 - LB Jeff Ulbrich 
2008 - LB Takeo Spikes2009 - NT Aubrayo Franklin2010 - DT Justin Smith
2011 - DT Justin Smith2012 - DT Ray McDonald2013 - DT Justin Smith
2014 - DT Justin Smith2015 - DB Jimmie Ward2016 - S Antoine Bethea
2017 - DL DeForest Buckner2018 - DL DeForest Buckner2019 - LB Kwon Alexander
2020 - CB Jason Verrett

​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.

Listed below are the 49ers annual award winners since its inception in 2005:

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2005 - T Thomas Herrion2006 - T Harvey Dahl2007 - CB Tarell Brown
2008 - WR Dominique Zeigler2009 - FB Brit Miller2010 - RB Anthony Dixon/ DT Will Tukuafu
2011 - CB Cory Nelms2012 - WR Kyle Williams2013 - S Eric Reid
2014 - LB Chris Borland2015 - S Jaquiski Tartt2016 - DL DeForest Buckner
2017 - DB Adrian Colbert2018 - Nick Mullens2019 - LB Dre Greenlaw
2020 - LB Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles

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.

Listed below are the 49ers annual award winners since its inception in 1981:

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1981 - Keith Fahnhorst1983 - John Ayers1984 - Randy Cross
1985 - Fred Quillan1986 - Keith Fahnhorst1987 - Bubba Paris
1988 - Steve Wallace1989 - Harris Barton1990 - Guy McIntyre
1991 - Jesse Sapolu1992 - Guy McIntyre1993 - Harris Barton
1994 - Derrick Deese1995 - Kirk Scrafford1996 - Jesse Sapolu
1997 - Ray Brown1998 - Chris Dalman1999 - Ray Brown
2000 - Jeremy Newberry2001 - Ray Brown2002 - Scott Gragg
2003 - Jeremy Newberry2004 - Kyle Kosier2005 - Jeremy Newberry
2006 - Eric Heitmann2007 - Eric Heitmann2008 - Eric Heitmann
2009 - David Baas2010 - David Baas2011 - Jonathan Goodwin
2012 - Anthony Davis2013 - Alex Boone2014 - Joe Staley
2015 - Joe Staley2016 - Zane Beadles2017 - Daniel Kilgore 
2018 - Laken Tomlinson2019 - Mike Person2020 - Laken Tomlinson

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.

Listed below are the 49ers annual award winners since its inception in 1993:

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1993 - C/G Jesse Sapolu1994 - S Tim McDonald1995 - QB Steve Young
1996 - T Steve Wallace1997 - G Ray Brown1998 - S Tim McDonald
1999 - WR Jerry Rice2000 - S Lance Schulters2001 - QB Jeff Garcia
2002 - DT Dana Stubblefield2003 - QB Jeff Garcia2004 - LB Jeff Ulbrich
2005 - LB Julian Peterson2006 - DE Bryant Young2007 - RB Frank Gore
2008 - C Eric Heitmann2009 - QB Alex Smith/ QB Shaun Hill2010 - LB Takeo Spikes
2011 - S Donte Whitner2012 - RB Frank Gore2013 - S Donte Whitner
2014 - RB Frank Gore2015 - WR Torrey Smith2016 - S Antoine Bethea
2017 - WR Marquise Goodwin2018 - T Joe Staley2019 - CB Richard Sherman
2020 - T Trent Williams

​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.

Listed below are the 49ers annual award winners since its inception in 2004:

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2004 - DE Bryant Young2005 - LB Derek Smith/ K Joe Nedney2006 - RB Frank Gore/ CB Walt Harris
2007 - RB Frank Gore/ LB Patrick Willis2008 - DE Justin Smith2009 - LB Patrick Willis
2010 - RB Frank Gore2011 - DT Justin Smith2012 - LB Aldon Smith
2013 - WR Anquan Boldin2014 - S Antoine Bethea2015 - K Phil Dawson
2016 - T Joe Staley2017 - FB Kyle Juszczyk2018 - TE George Kittle
2019 - DL DeForest Buckner2020 - LB Fred Warner