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Nick Eason

At Ed Block Courage Awards, a Steeler impresses even Ravens fans

The line of football fans seeking autographs snaked out the door, down the spiral staircase and into the lobby at Martin's West. At the Ed Block Courage Awards banquet Tuesday night, hundreds of people waited as long as 45 minutes for NFL players to sign helmets, jerseys, balls and programs.

Among those signing was Nick Eason of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Ravens fans gave him the business — and Eason gave it right back.

"I like your smile, but that quarterback of yours [Ben Roethlisberger], yuck," said Maria McArtor, of Fallston.

Eason paused, dropped his Sharpie and placed his hands at the edges of the table.

"The rest of this city may be...