Mike Patterson in His Best Season despite AVM, Receives Ed Block Courage Award

Philadelphia Eagles’ Mike Patterson had the one of the toughest episodes in his life last August. During a training camp at Lehigh University, the starting defensive tackle suffered a seizure in front of fans and teammates. It turns out, he has arteriovenous malformation (AVM), a condition in which arteries and veins in the brains are abnormally connected. This rare congenital disease may lead to complications such as brain damage and persistent headache, among others.

In the two weeks that followed, Patterson and his wife Bianca met five doctors and they all gave the couple the good news: he would still be able to play football. He wasted no time in getting back on the field and as of this week, he has started a total of 14 productive games. With 58 tackles, 2.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, and one forced fumble, Patterson is having the season which Eagles head coach Andy Reid calls his best. This off season, Patterson is likely to undergo surgery to for his AVM.

To recognize his inspiring conduct amidst the most trying period of his career, Patterson was voted by teammates and NFL players to be the recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award. The recognition “honors those National Football League players who exemplify commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage.”

Patterson expressed his pride and excitement over the award. For him, it is really an amazing feeling that he is appreciated. He is also happy when he found out that Reid said this is his best season so far.

Patterson tries not to dwell on what happened last August and said he focuses instead on living his life day by day. There is no certainty with what lies ahead in life but with the support of everyone around him, the defensive tackle just feels ble

Thank you for the update on him!

There's a documentary coming up about his ADHD battle. It's surely something to look forward to in the coming months.