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December 20, 2013
Free-agent-to-be Goodwin wins 49ers' Ed Block Courage Award

Jonathan Goodwin, the calm, wise, veteran presence of the 49ers' offensive line, is the team's recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award, which is given to one player on each team who exemplifies sportsmanship and courage.

Goodwin, 35, has started every game for the 49ers since arriving as a free agent in 2011. However, he accepted a pay cut to remain with the team this season and is a free agent at the end of the league year. The 49ers have been grooming Daniel Kilgore to take over the position.

Goodwin said he'll consider playing beyond this year but will make that decision when the season is over. "I feel like my play hasn't fallen off," he said. "Being that I will be a free agent, I still need a contract to be able to still play. So we'll see what happens in the offseason."

Previous winners of the award include wideout/returner Kyle Williams (2012), quarterback Alex Smith (2011) and defensive tackle Justin Smith (2010). Goodwin will be honored alongside the league's other Ed Block Courage Award recipients March 18 in Baltimore.

The 49ers have yet to vote on their other awards, including their most prestigious honor, the Len Eshmont Award, as well as the Bill Walsh Award, which goes to the team's MVP.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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