The Houston Texans announced on Thursday that Canadian receiver John Metchie III was named the Ed Block Courage Award winner for the team. The Ed Block Courage Award winners are chosen by their teammates through a vote to name a player who stands as a role model in their ability to overcome adversity while serving their respective communities. Since 1984 every NFL team selects 1 player to receive the Ed Block Courage Award.
John Metchie III was a 2nd round pick for the Houston Texans who drafted him 44th overall in 2022. He was also drafted by the BC Lions in the 2022 CFL Draft.
Metchie had an impressive final 2 seasons with the Alabama Crimson Tide compiling 151 receptions for 2,058 yards and 14 touchdowns over his final 2 seasons from 2020 to 2021. He was named the recipient of the Jon Cornish Trophy in both seasons which is awarded to the top Canadian player in NCAA football annually. He was also All-SEC second-team in 2021.
Metchie has had many obstacles to overcome to get back on the football field this past season. He had to leave the 2021 SEC Championship game early due to an ACL tear late in the first half with the game tied at 17. Alabama would go on to beat Georgia in the SEC Championship 41-24 but later lose to Georgia in the National Championship 18-33 which Metchie was unable to participate in due to the injury.
Metchie experienced another strong wave of adversity early in his NFL career. In July of 2022, he announced that he would be sitting out his rookie season following a diagnosis of acute promelocytic leukemia.
Metchie returned to the field this past July for the first time since the 2021 SEC Championship game. He appeared in 14 games so far this season with the Texans contributing 15 receptions for 153 yards. The Texans will play their final game of the season Saturday night on the road against the Indianapolis Colts.
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