Updated: December 24, 2009

Vick recognized for courageous journey back to humanity

By Zaki, PhillyGameday.com

Michael Vick won the Ed Block Courage Award, voted on by his teammates, after the former barbarian defied all odds by courageously returning to life as a regular human being.

“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. I had to learn how to hold a fork, tie my shoes, pay my bills, brush my teeth, not kill dogs, speak English and most importantly, not kill dogs. I’ve overcome a lot, more than probably one single individual can handle or bear.”

Though other teams voted in players that give back to the community (and the world) without a team mandate and fought through debilitating injuries to stay on the field, they were all no match for Vick’s drive and determination to become a regular human being like the rest of us that don’t drown dogs for fun.

“Michael has really turned his life around, and despite what people are saying, it has absolutely nothing to do with the $1.6 million he’s being paid to play football and turn his life around,” said Eagles head coach Andy Reid. “In the short time he’s been with us, he’s gone from dragging his knuckles on the ground to scoring three touchdowns on the ground, which is remarkable. The sheer courage it took for him to finally walk upright and the sportsmanship he has displayed as a backup quarterback has been a real inspiration to us all, and hopefully the rest of Philadelphia as well.”

Zaki is the Chief Rocka and senior writer for PhillyGameday.com.


4 Responses to “Vick recognized for courageous journey back to humanity”

  1. raoool on December 26th, 2009 12:17 pm

    beyond standing up to get his knuckles off the ground, you failed to mention he learned to reach around (possibly a skill mastered in prison?) and pat himself on the back.

  2. Zaki on December 26th, 2009 9:10 pm

    Ha, exactly…. “I’ve overcome a lot, more than probably one single individual can handle or bear. ” WTF?

  3. Ray Lewis on December 28th, 2009 1:19 pm

    I gave up killing people years ago and no one even cares.

  4. Mike Tyson on April 23rd, 2010 4:39 pm

    Micheal Vick is a sick son of a bitch mangling, dismembering and killing poor defenseless animals. If i run into him i’ll bite his f**cking ear OFF

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