The 49ers announced that C Jonathan Goodwin was named the winner of the Ed Block Courage Award, which is given to the player who displays sportsmanship, leadership and courage to the team. This is the first time the team's center has won this award.
Goodwin, 35, was signed as a free agent during the 2011 offseason and was one of the first signings under Trent Baalke and Jim Harbaugh. The 12-year veteran is currently in his contract year and said he isn't sure what to think about for the future of his football career. He was a Pro Bowler for the New Orleans Saints in 2009.
"It's amazing to be still playing at a high level as these guys bring out the best in me," Goodwin said. "Being that I will be a free agent, I still need a contract to play. We'll see what happens in the offseason."
The offensive lineman said he isn't sure about retiring and doesn't know what will happen moving forward. He left a short comment saying he will consider all options after the season.
Offensive coordinator Greg Roman said Goodwin has played a huge role for the 49ers offensive line, saying he is happy that the veteran center won the award. He cited how great he has been throughout his career.
"Jonathan has had a long and successful career," Roman said. "He wanted to come back and take another run at it. Day in and day out, he's the cement on the offensive line that we all count on. He's not only great during practice and meetings, he generates respect among his teammates and coaches that I think it's a great honor. He's a very deserving recipient."
Previous 49ers who have won this award include Kyle Williams (2012), Alex Smith (2011) and Justin Smith (2010).