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Vick to get courage award, NFL fans in Baltimore upset

The Ed Block Courage Award recipients are scheduled to be announced by the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation today at Baltimore’s Sports Legends Museum — but don’t expect it to be a totally congenial display of what’s great about the NFL.

Some fans in the city are upset over the Philadelphia Eagles’ choice for their award recipient, Michael Vick. (The Ed Block Courage Award is given to NFL players who have been selected by their teammates. The team selects someone from their squad they believe exemplifies a commitment to sportsmanship and courage, according to the foundation.)

According to The Baltimore Sun, animal lovers in Baltimore plan to protest the press conference that officially announces the 32 players set to receive the award this year. The Baltimore Ravens, by the way, selected Dawan Landry as their 2009 winner.

In case you were under a rock this summer, Vick was released from prison after serving two years for his role in a brutal dog-fighting operation and signed with the Eagles in August. Those upset about Vick getting the award say the Eagles’ selection is offensive and Vick in no way reflects the intention of the award.

“The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation is an NFL-supported charity dedicated to recognizing courage in the League while improving the lives of abused/neglected children in NFL cities throughout the country,” according to the foundation Web site. Ed Block was the longtime head athletic trainer of the Baltimore Colts, was a pioneer in his profession and a respected humanitarian, the Web site says.

Do you think Vick getting this award is out of line?  On the one hand, he’s served his time, he’s now working with the Humane Society and does seem to be turning his life around. On the other hand, it’s only been two years — is it too soon to start congratulating Vick and forget his past?


  1. Dear Sir,

    I read your paper every day and never beleived I would ever make any type response but, fast story, every reader your have has done something in life that there are ashame of even you , if not keep on living, and if you or them can beleive that you were forgiven for your mistake , WHY should he not be forgiven for his mistake, if he asked for it ,and he did,so don’t be so righteous. Stop pointing at people because you think no one sew you ,or you did’nt get caught in your mess ,but we know who sew it all, don’t we……BIG G

    You need to treat people as you would like to be treated , after you had paid for your mistake in life, in case you have been under a rock , and forgot your mess protesters

  2. How many of Vick’s teammates really know him?
    Do they know that he plead NOT GUILTY to animal cruelty charges? And never served any time for the actual animal cruelty? He was convicted only of bankrolling a dogfighting conspiracy for which he served 18 months in prison.
    Even though he later admitted, and others testified, that he was hands-on in the torturing and killing of dogs. According to the San Francisco Chronicle:
    “Jumper cables were clipped onto the ears of underperforming dogs then just like with a car the cables were connected to the terminals of car batteries before lifting and tossing the shamed dogs into the water… the damage to the pool walls tells a story. It seems that while they were scrambling to escape they scratched and clawed at the pool liner and bit at the dented aluminum sides like a hungry dog on a tin can.”
    “Vick did all that and more to his dogs and even threw family pets into the pit with fighters and laughed while they were mauled according to a witness who testified to federal investigators.” Other reports say that shooting, hanging, electrocuting, drowning and slamming bodies to the ground were all common methods of killing by Vick and his three co-defendants.
    49 pit bulls were found alive on Vicks’ property. Carcasses were found buried across the property.
    Still think it was courageous to come back to his million-dollar job? I do believe in redemption. But he hasn’t been working that hard (court & team-ordered), or for very long. He had a dogfighting practice for almost SIX YEARS.