Cannon wins Block Award
FOXBOROUGH - Rookie offensive lineman Marcus Cannon was chosen as the team’s Ed Block Courage Award winner yesterday. Cannon was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in April, and seven months later he debuted for the Patriots.
“Great selection,’’ said coach Bill Belichick. “Marcus has gone through a lot this year. He’s certainly had to deal with a lot more than a normal rookie would have to deal with, which is a big transition as it is, just coming into this league. He dealt with a lot very maturely and unselfishly.
“He did what he had to do, but at the same time he was always there for the team and was always doing what he could to help the team, and he’s helped in a lot of ways. I’m proud that he’s on our team and what he’s accomplished. He certainly deserves to be recognized for it.’’
The award, voted on by players, is presented to the player who best exemplifies the principles of courage and sportsmanship and also serves as an inspiration to his teammates.
Cannon and the winners from the 31 other teams will be honored at a banquet in Baltimore in March.
Safety Patrick Chung was asked what advice he’d offer to teammates who will be playing in their first playoff game.
“Prepare for the game like it’s a regular-season game you’re trying to win,’’ he said. “You can’t get too hyped about it, because if you get too hyped, you might get too antsy and then you never know what might happen.’’
Tom Brady was named the AFC’s Player of the Month for December/January, the second straight month and sixth time in his career he has been so honored.
Over the final five games of the season, Brady completed 124 of 190 passes (65.2 percent) for 1,608 yards with 11 touchdowns, two interceptions, and a rating of 106.6.
Nowhere to be found
Brady, Wes Welker, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Logan Mankins, Sebastian Vollmer, and Cannon were not spotted at practice. All except Green-Ellis were not present for the media-access window Wednesday, either. Players were in shells (light pads) and sweats yesterday. The Patriots have not held a full-pads practice since Dec. 7. Under terms of the collective bargaining agreement, teams are allowed one full-pads practice per week in the postseason.
Ones to watch
The Patriots set a team record for local television viewership during the regular season, with an average household rating of 35.2 for the Boston/Manchester market. It surpassed last year’s mark of 34.85. The highest-rated game of the season was the win over the Broncos Dec. 18, which drew a 42.65 rating . . . Former Patriots linebacker Ray Costict died Tuesday in Orlando, Fla., at 56. An 11th-round pick in 1977 out of Mississippi State, Costict played until 1979 and was primarily a special teamer.