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Clayborn Named Ed Block Courage Award Winner

Adrian Clayborn went into the 2014 season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looking to build off of the solid year he had in 2013. The defensive end out of Iowa was supposed to be a part of a very young and  talented Bucs defensive line, but one game into the 2014 season, the now fifth-year pro, went down with a biceps injury that had him placed on injured reserve.

The Bucs declined Clayborn's fifth-year option, giving him the chance to test the free agency market, which ultimately led to him signing a one-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons. Clayborn came into Atlanta looking to make a name for himself, which he quickly did, impressing coaches and becoming one of the leaders in the locker room. This past season, he played all 16 games for the first time since 2013, and was second on the team in sacks.

Clayborn has also made a name for himself off the football field by helping out in the community. In December, he participated in an organized recess with the kids of Kindezi Elementary School in Atlanta as part of the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation's grant to Playworks. Also, during the Thanksgiving holidays, Clayborn and the rest of the defensive lineman – along with the offensive lineman – provided over 250 Thanksgiving meals to families that belong to the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta at Warren Boys & Girls Club in Atlanta.

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