Robert Griffin III, Larry Hess Robert Griffin III, above with trainer Larry Hess, recovered from a January knee injury in time to start the season. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

The Redskins announced Tuesday afternoon that quarterback Robert Griffin III is the team’s Ed Block Courage Award winner this season. Each team’s players choose their own winner of the award, given annually to a player who “displays extraordinary courage in the face of adversity.”

Griffin injured his knee in a playoff game against Seattle on Jan. 6, 2013, had surgery Jan. 9, and returned nine months later, in time to start the first 13 games this season. He threw for 3,203 yards, completing 274 of 456 passes (60.1 percent), and had 16 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions.

“It’s an honor to be selected by my teammates to receive this award,” Griffin III said in a statement released by the Redskins. “I received a tremendous amount of support throughout the rehab process from my teammates, the doctors, the trainers and everyone involved in the organization. This award is not only a testament to how hard I worked to return, but also a testament to the support system I’ve had around me for the last 12 months. I’m grateful for their hard work and support and look forward to preparing for the 2014 season.”

“Robert’s commitment this offseason helped him fully recover from a major knee surgery,” trainer Larry Hess said in the statement. “His passion and dedication toward his profession motivated him throughout this process and made working with him enjoyable. He is well deserving of this award.”

Kory Lichtensteiger was the Redskins’ winner in 2012 and Stephen Bowen received the award in 2011.  The Ed Block Foundation celebrates the winners at a dinner March 17 in Windsor Mill, Md., outside Baltimore.

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What’s ahead:

●  Washington signs eight players to futures contracts.

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