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ESPN: Philadelphia Eagles' Michael Vick recipient of courage award

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  1. windward

    windward NFL Historian

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    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4767825


    Vick recipient of Block Courage Award

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    ESPN.com news services

    PHILADELPHIA -- Michael Vick's peers appreciate his tough journey back to the NFL.

    [IMG] I've overcome a lot, more than probably one single individual can handle or bear.
    ” -- Michael Vick
    Vick won the Ed Block Courage Award, voted on by his teammates on the Philadelphia Eagles, after the once-disgraced star quarterback returned to the league after spending 18 months in a federal prison for his role in a dogfighting ring.
    "It means a great deal to me," Vick said Wednesday. "I was voted unanimously by my teammates. They know what I've been through. I've been through a lot. It's been great to come back and have an opportunity to play and be with a great group of guys. I'm just ecstatic about that and I enjoy every day."
    A three-time Pro Bowl pick in six seasons with Atlanta, Vick has played sparingly with the Eagles after signing a $1.6 million contract during the preseason, with a team option for next year worth $5.2 million.
    Vick was granted full reinstatement to the league on Sept. 3 by commissioner Roger Goodell, who allowed him to return to the field in Week 3. Vick has two touchdowns rushing and one passing in 12 games.
    The Ed Block Award honors players who exemplify commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage. Each of the 32 NFL teams selects a recipient.
    "I've overcome a lot, more than probably one single individual can handle or bear," Vick said. "You ask certain people to walk through my shoes, they probably couldn't do. Probably 95 percent of the people in this world because nobody had to endure what I've been through, situations I've been put in, situations I put myself in and decisions I have made, whether they have been good or bad.
    "There's always consequences behind certain things and repercussions behind them, too. And then you have to wake up every day and face the world, whether they perceive you in the right perspective, it's a totally different outlook on you. You have to be strong, believe in yourself, be optimistic. That's what I've been able to do. That's what I display."
    The Eagles were criticized by animal rights activists for signing Vick less than a month after he was released from prison. Dozens of protesters voiced their outrage outside the team's practice facility the day after Vick was signed, and many fans threatened to give up their tickets.
    But Vick got a warm reception in his first game with the Eagles and by most accounts has been a model citizen off the field.
    The animal rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, issued a statement reprimanding the Eagles for giving Vick the award.
    "The Philadelphia Eagles fumbled when they gave Michael Vick the Ed Block Courage Award, which was named after a man who advocated in behalf of abused children," the PETA statement read. "Michael Vick should not be the person anyone points to as a model of sportsmanship, even though he has now exchanged dogs for touchdowns after serving time for extreme cruelty to animals. We wish him well in educating others, but this is not appropriate and does not mark a joyous moment in NFL history."
    Vick has spent time working with the Humane Society of the United States, speaking to school and community groups about the mistakes he made in getting involved in dogfighting.
    "It was a big obstacle proving I'm worthy of a second chance," Vick said. "It doesn't stop here. I have to continue to prove that. I think it's not going to be a day-to-day process, it's going to be a year-in, year-out process. It's a challenge to myself. The thing I told Roger is that four or five years from now, I'm going to come to him and say, 'Everything I told you I was going to do, I'm still doing it.' And that's what I pride myself on and that's my focus and that's my goal."
    Quarterback Donovan McNabb called the award "well-deserved."
    "Congratulations to him for straightening his life around and bettering himself as a human being," coach Andy Reid said. "He's obviously very well-respected by his teammates."
    Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.


    I mean, seriously?
  2. BigD

    BigD Got 5? We do!

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    Update your sig, bro! :bow:
  3. bbgun

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    I think we all know real courage when we see it.

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  4. Rampage

    Rampage Benched

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    is that former Cowboys kicker Nick Folk?
  5. wileedog

    wileedog Well-Known Member

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    Certainly got more of a chance to than the dogs did jaggoff.
  6. TheSport78

    TheSport78 The Excellence of Execution

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    That's messed up, bro.
  7. Big Dakota

    Big Dakota New Member

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    This just in, Joseph Mengele posthumously awarded humanitarian medal.
  8. Air Force One

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    This is just so sick. I usually don't wish anyone any harm but it wouldnt bother me at all if this guy got run over by a truck.

    The dude is a complete psychopath.

    I will defend some of the Philly fans, though. My brother is a longtime eagle fan and he is ashamed that they signed Vick and is ashamed everytime he sets foot on the field.

    Not everyone in Philadelphia is willing to put blinders on to what this "man" did. People who hurt animals never change. They have mental problems that go well beyond what is considered mainstream mental issues.

    He is a sick animal of a human being. Actually, calling him an animal is an insult to animals.
  9. Rampage

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    what? I thought it was Folk. who is #3?
  10. CowboyMike

    CowboyMike Stay Thirsty, My Friends

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    Seriously? Folk was 6. Kitna is 3.

    Vick receiving this award is a disgrace. Philadelphia = Classless.
  11. Rampage

    Rampage Benched

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    oh I thought Kitna was #7. what did you guys think I meant?
  12. Heisenberg

    Heisenberg Pow! Pow!

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    McGee is #7.
  13. Danny White

    Danny White Winter is Coming

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    Is this article from The Onion?
  14. ZeroClub

    ZeroClub just trying to get better

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    The Eagles have confused "courage" with "shamelessness."

    Here's a quote from the courage award website:

    The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of neglected children and ending the cycle of abuse. The purpose is to raise Awareness and Prevention of child abuse. That objective is coupled with the Foundation's commitment to celebrating players of inspiration in the NFL.

    http://www.edblock.org/content/home

    Amazingly poor judgment on the part of the Eagles.

    Ed Block deserves much better than this.
  15. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    Vick abuses dogs. If everyone abused dogs instead of children we could end child abuse.
  16. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    Awards mean nothing anymore. They hand them out for doing nothing.

    Academy awards, Nobel Peace Prize awards, Courage :rolleyes: Awards.

    Really, this means nothing. They are all worthless.
  17. Go Big D!

    Go Big D! Destination End Zone

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    The funny part is that Vick actually believes he deserves it :laugh2:
  18. Joe Rod

    Joe Rod When Keeping it Real Goes Wrong

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    :lmao2: That hit my funny bone hard!
  19. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    just another example of why we call it Philthy.
  20. 03EBZ06

    03EBZ06 Need2Speed

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    No other eagles player deserved this award? They all suck.

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