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Michael Vick to receive “courage” award

MichaelVick-Eagles-1Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick will receive an award in March for his “commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage.”

If you just coughed up your breakfast cereal, join the club.

Vick was hired by the Eagles after his release from federal prison, where he served a sentence for dogfighting. If anyone deserves a courage award, it’s his former dogs.

Vick will be receiving the Ed Block Courage Award — named for a former Baltimore Colts trainer who was an advocate for abused children. It’s given to a player on all 32 NFL teams.

The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation, based in Baltimore, will hold a press conference at Sports Legends Museum announcing the 2009 winners, and an awards ceremony is scheduled for March. Here’s the foundation’s press release. Here’s the NFL press release on Vick’s selection.

Neither specifies exactly what courage Vick has demonstrated, so its unclear if he’s being honored for his anti-dogfighting appearances for the Humane Society of the United States; surviving prison, surviving the wrath of animal rights activists, rehabilitating himself or at least his image, overcoming his bankruptcy, his return to football, or what.

For 32 years the award has been given to NFL players, who are selected by their teammates.

The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation is an NFL-supported charity dedicated to recognizing courage in the League while improving the lives of abused and neglected children in NFL cities throughout the country.


Comment from Jake
Time December 24, 2009 at 9:11 am

Maybe they mean courage to go on despite a bunch of nutjob animal rights activists who care more about dumb instinctual beasts than thinking human beings!

I love animals and would never hurt them and condemn what he did..but I’d much rather hang out with Mr. Vick than all the psychos who were calling for his death! And it does take courage to continue on when people want to kill you for your mistakes!

Comment from maria
Time December 24, 2009 at 9:59 am

ARE YOU KIDDING ME????????????? What a disgrace. What the hell did he do but abuse animals. The award should go to his dogs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is a joke

Comment from D’Ellis R. McCammon
Time December 24, 2009 at 10:12 am

Don’t see the Sherlock Holmes Movie! He was a COCAINE addict,(‘Quick Watson, the NEEDLE’ !), Robert Downey, Jr. plays/ HAS played that part before. Humanity IS mistakes Corrected. ONLY TIME WILL SEE IF he has continued to learn to be MORE HUMAN.

Comment from Td
Time December 24, 2009 at 10:22 am

This dishonors the award, & does not speak well for the Eagles team

Comment from cyndi
Time December 24, 2009 at 11:01 am

It’s another PR opportunity. Unfortunately it cheapens the award for all those who received it in the past and for those who will receive it in the future.

It’s also a statement on the condition of our society, the world and the USA. Declining, rapidly…How low can we go?

Normally, I would blog about this myself, but I refuse to dignify it. I am grateful to you for doing so so I don’t have to!

Comment from Linda Nelson
Time December 24, 2009 at 11:04 am

The only part of courage Vick has is to show his face to anyone after his horrific demonstration of inhumanity to the canine world… Amazing what money and PR firms can create… If dogs could only speak our language, what they might be saying after this announcement~!!… Anyone else being awarded this should reject it because of Vick receiving it… Dishonor and honor among men is the only difference between us and the canine companions we love so dearly… Had Vick been a dog and acted so horribly towards his pack, he would have been an outcast and not welcomed back with open arms…

Comment from Evan
Time December 24, 2009 at 11:56 am

I think it is good that he is getting the award. In fact, I think all convicted felons should get awards, especially ones who can play sports. And I think those nut jobs who care about animal rights should be treated the way Michael Vick treated his dogs that lost fights – electrocuted, drowned and slammed into the floor. Who do those people think they are, standing up for animals. As humans, we have the right to sadistically torture and kill animals. I am sure it says so in the Bible.

Comment from buttons
Time December 24, 2009 at 12:06 pm

Jake, people who are against abusing animals, or people, are not nutjobs. And animals are not dumb instintual beasts. You need to grow up.

Comment from Anne’n’Spencer
Time December 24, 2009 at 1:21 pm

I’m starting to see some signs of improvement–some actual concern for the animals in his speeches. But it’s way, way too premature to give him this award.

Comment from Jenifer
Time December 24, 2009 at 2:09 pm

Another bio unit (Jake – obviously not human) in support of reconstituted demonic presence Vick! Sane people, don’t respond by feeding that troll, that’s what it is looking for, any attention at all.

And very, very clearly the awarding foundation needs its 501l(c)3 revoked. I plan to contact the Internal Revenue Service and as well submit an FOIA request for the foundation’s charter. I would place an educated bet that the choice of a convicted felon of Vick’s dubious stature violates at least that foundation’s mission statement.

Comment from Steve
Time December 25, 2009 at 3:35 am

Truly, this is a great day for America. We have finally overcome racial prejudice and given a courage where it deserves…a black law enforce..I mean a black football player with a love of violence.

Comment from Paul
Time December 26, 2009 at 9:13 am

Damn People! I thought here in America, if you commit a crime, are convicted, go to prison and serve your time, you are suppose to get a fresh start when you come out?!?! Have you every heard the old saying, “He paid his dues to society.?” I’ve raised dogs my whole life, pitbulls as a matter of fact, and I do not condone Michael’s actions. But, you people act like he murdered humans! People today forget that their pet is not REALLY their “baby”. IT’S A DOG!!!!!!! No matter how many little outfits you dress it up in, or much you hug it, kiss it, carry it around in your purse, or how much you let it lick you in the mouth, it’s still A DOG!!!!!!! When “FiFi” or “Rover” dies, we eventual go out a get another one to replace them. We don’t try to obtain a replacement for Mom or Dad when they kick the bucket…that’s the difference in being a human being and a family “pet.” So, get over it people! Yes, he did wrong. Yes he served his time.
No, your “baby” doesn’t look cute in that ugly sweater. And yes, “IT” is still a “DOG!!!!!”

Comment from Ami
Time December 28, 2009 at 4:45 pm

Dog or baby, how is it okay to abuse and torture a living thing (http://atatude.files.wordpress.com/2007/07/dog.jpg)? Have you ever heard of “the link” (http://www.americanhumane.org/about-us/newsroom/fact-sheets/understanding-the-link.html)? It’s been a proven fact that those that are okay with torturing and killing animals are the same people abusing spouses and children! And Michael Vick did not endure anything that he didn’t deserve when he CHOSE to do what he did to all those animals, so I see no reason for him to receive this award.

Comment from Maggie Keefe
Time January 5, 2010 at 10:01 am

How does a man who tortures animals get an award for courage. For his prowess with a football? This award was named after a man who fought for abused children. What would he say if he knew someone who had cruely tortured animals, murdered them, and made profit from their pain was being given this award? An award w/ his name attached to it. I think it is a disgrace and an insult to the man the award was named for. Michael Vick is a cold hearted abusive man. Anyone who abuses animals at all let alone to the extent he did I would be willing to wager has issues w/ anger control and is abusive toward anything or anyone he can control including children. I am appalled that this is being done. As should anyone with anyone with a conscience. All you people out there who think what Michael Vick did was simply a mistake. You are delusional. Now if he had donated money to an animal shelter and maybe worked to find homes abused animals. Had he sincerely tried to learn from his “mistake” okay. He didn’t he did his short stay in a federal prison, cake walk. He has not made any attempt to help these animals like the ones he cold bloodedly murdered. The bitch he drowned with his bare hands because she lost him money by losing a fight. And you idiots think he deserves an award?
To Jake whoever you are nobody called for him to be executed. Just not to be allowed to EVER play professional sports again and to have to do work at an animal shelter being constantly supervised. So all of you who really think he deserves this award, you are the psychos.

Comment from Edie
Time February 11, 2010 at 9:17 am

SICKKKKKOOOOOO man. How can he sleep at night.

Comment from Juliette Morgan
Time August 19, 2010 at 11:14 am

Dog fighting should be banned and I certainly do not honour this man.

Comment from David Kalafut
Time August 20, 2010 at 2:09 am

Michael i love you and i hope you beat out that pussy Kevin Kolb, the eagles will be shit this year with Kevin as the quarterback. And to the people down playing this man, everyone in life deserves a second chance. Didn’t Jesus himself say if you are without sin, cast the first stone? So i’m taking it here, everyone that has said something mean against this guy is without sin? Look at yourselves and ask yourself a question am i guilty in someway like Michael it might not be dog fighting but have i done something for me to get the same criticism?? I’m so tired of hearing negativity about this man. Leave him alone… GO BIRDS

Comment from PD
Time September 27, 2010 at 4:40 pm

does no one believe in the criminal justice system anymore? the point of the system is REHABILITATION. Is this not a perfect example of the system actually working? How many convicts get out of prison and are not able to function in the real world again? Michael Vick is, in my mind, the best example of the American Dream that i can remember. No doubt, what he did was horrifying and absolutely wrong; but he has shown through rehabilitation and resiliency that he has become a better human being. This one of the best come back stories i can remember and all who wish him to fail should be ashamed of themselves. The man is an inspiration to all of us. I know i’ll never convince most of you to see this the way i do, but i respect the hell out of this man. Well done, michael.

Comment from Jack
Time September 27, 2010 at 9:53 pm

Who gives a shit about dogs, LONG LIVE VICKADELPHIA.

Comment from Sara
Time January 6, 2011 at 10:11 am

I have just read the book about some of Vick’s abused dogs and how they have been rehomed – the book reduced me to tears many times for the terrible plight of these poor dogs. Courage, huh, what is this world coming to?

Comment from Joanne
Time April 2, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Michael Vick is a pri.. An inspiration – makes me puke.