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Eagles name Vick their Ed Block Courage Award recipient

Every December, we begin to receive e-mail announcements regarding the recipients of each team’s Ed Block Courage Award.

The Eagles’ recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award is quarterback Mike Vick.

Really?

The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation’s web site explains that the organization “is dedicated to improving the lives of neglected children and ending the cycle of abuse.”  The group “raise[s] public awareness and support[s] child abuse prevention with our radio public service announcements.” 

The web site also explains that the recipient of the award “exemplify commitments to the principles of sportsmanship and courage,” that the recipient “symbolizes professionalism, great strength, and dedication,” that the recipient is a “community role model,” and that the recipient “will be identified as a team player in helping abused children and families in crisis.”

So why Vick?

This isn’t about whether a man who engaged in a six-year pattern of animal abuse, including ghastly acts of killing dogs that he deemed unfit to fight other dogs, should receive a “second chance” in a profession that pays him a large amount of money. 

This is about whether that man should be celebrated.

In our view, he shouldn’t be — not based on his cameo appearances during the 2009 season, not for his ability to stay out of trouble during his ongoing federal probation, and not for whatever efforts he has undertaken to help abused children and families in crisis.

We’ll wager that he has done, and will do, nothing to help abused children and families in crisis, mainly because the focus of his off-field efforts has been to help abused dogs and canines in crisis. 

Maybe there simply was no one else on the team worthy of the honor.  Or maybe the players voted without a real understanding of what the honor means.  Or maybe they simply wanted to give critics of Vick a collective middle finger.

Either way, we think the Eagles made a huge mistake on this one.

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192 Responses to “Eagles name Vick their Ed Block Courage Award recipient”
  1. CaptainChaos says: Dec 23, 2009 9:55 AM

    This award has truly ‘gone to the dogs’. What a joke!

  2. Ranoversquarells says: Dec 23, 2009 9:56 AM

    When Vick crashes a PETA protest then he should be considered for the award.

  3. DirtyBird06 says: Dec 23, 2009 9:56 AM

    Get a f*cking life already, Florio!!! Who really cares who wins the award!?

  4. wydok says: Dec 23, 2009 9:58 AM

    So, who on the team makes a better Ed Block Courage Award recipient?

  5. Bwa Ha Ha says: Dec 23, 2009 9:59 AM

    Or maybe, just maybe, you really have no idea what he has done to earn it? And those close to the situation, the award and the communities do know?
    Could that be it?

  6. eaglealan64 says: Dec 23, 2009 10:00 AM

    >>>maybe they simply wanted to give critics of Vick a collective middle finger.

  7. mooremi9 says: Dec 23, 2009 10:00 AM

    Tell us how you really feel Florio.
    Why dont you act like a real reporter and report the facts not your bias opinions.
    What a funzanoon!
    Funzanoon-a person that farts in the bathtub and bites the bubbles

  8. chunky soupy sales says: Dec 23, 2009 10:00 AM

    Yes, because when one thinks of courage, one thinks of Mike Vick.

  9. BonerJams'03 says: Dec 23, 2009 10:00 AM

    “Maybe there simply was no one else on the team worthy of the honor. Or maybe the players voted without a real understanding of what the honor means.”
    Or maybe your just an Eagles hater Florio…
    It’s called upping Vick’s stock for trade value…

  10. Florio-is-a-tool says: Dec 23, 2009 10:01 AM

    “Maybe there simply was no one else on the team worthy of the honor.”
    If Vick is the choice then it’s clearly an indication of the state of a sorry franchise that hasn’t won squat since 1960.

  11. -Slap- says: Dec 23, 2009 10:02 AM

    Absolutely sickening to honor this sick freak for doing nothing beyond fulfilling the terms of his parole. The Eagles and all their enabling idiot fans are too stupid to understand the concept of shame.

  12. Dirte says: Dec 23, 2009 10:04 AM

    Wow. IMO, that’s embarrassing for the Eagles, and for the Ed Block Foundation. The website also says this about the award:
    ‘The Courage Award has become one of the most esteemed honors bestowed upon a player in the NFL, especially since the recipient is selected by his peers.’
    Not sure how esteemed honor can be attached to that guy any any way.

  13. jj730 says: Dec 23, 2009 10:06 AM

    Your hate is too much. You have no idea what that man has been doing since he’s been out. Would it be fair for me to wager that you’ve done nothing to help abused children and families in crisis?

  14. Cardsfan81 says: Dec 23, 2009 10:07 AM

    Florio give it a rest. You don’t care for Vick and I get that. The guys an NFL QB and this sticks in your craw and causes you great pain—-deal with it.
    I have no idea why Eagle players voted Vick the Ed Block Courage award winner and neither do you. We can all only speculate which is something you are better at than most. Get yourself another cup of coffee (preferably caffeine free) and relax. It’s going to be okay. All will be well.

  15. Colonel Kurtz says: Dec 23, 2009 10:07 AM

    From what I’ve heard, Vick has always been good with kids with cancer and other volunteer efforts like that. In Atl, he did do a lot of non-court ordered volunteer work and didn’t seek attention for it.
    I’m an Eagle partisan and not a Vick fan, but this posting is disgusting.

  16. wydok says: Dec 23, 2009 10:08 AM

    Do you read the Bible, Mike? Do you know the story of the Prodigal Son?
    A person’s turn away from vice and sin IS something to celebrate. You are sounding too much like the OTHER son in the story.

  17. Warlock says: Dec 23, 2009 10:08 AM

    you sure it wasn’t the H&R Block Award?

  18. CT Pats Fan says: Dec 23, 2009 10:09 AM

    I guess my first question would be: Has Vick actually done anything to end the cycle of neglect and abuse of Children, since joining the Eagles?
    If not, then he shouldn’t be in the running for the award. If he has then perhaps he’s just done the best job of any player on the team.
    Anyone know the answer?

  19. Reginald says: Dec 23, 2009 10:09 AM

    If no one cares who won the award why did you read the title and decide to click and read what he had to say about it? Makes absolutely no sense.

  20. Krow says: Dec 23, 2009 10:09 AM

    Can’t write this stuff. You sure this wasn’t in The Onion?

  21. JimmySmith says: Dec 23, 2009 10:10 AM

    Vick was a punk, is a punk and will very likely be a punk well into the future. No award is going to change that fact.

  22. Kevin from Philly says: Dec 23, 2009 10:11 AM

    Or maybe it’s for kicking SmackmyVickUp’s ass off of PFT – anyone else notice that he hasn’t been around since Vick started playing better?

  23. tombrookshire says: Dec 23, 2009 10:12 AM

    Just goes to show you that in the rarified atmosphere that is the NFL, there exists an unrealisitic point of view about what exemplifies courage. What is courageous about getting out of jail for killing defenseless animals, accepting a million dollar contract and running a dozen plays from scrimmage for a football team you won’t be with next season? Never heard of this award or the guy before, anyway. So in the fnal analysis, why am I even writing this?

  24. jkorn1818 says: Dec 23, 2009 10:13 AM

    His giving back to the community and being with troubled children was part of his plea agreement and mandatory in order for him to get out early, this guy would have never done a thing if he wasnt in prison and required to do these things. He’d still be on the falcons, theyd still have a crap QB and he’d still be abusing animals. This is like someone who gets arrested and for community service they have to pick garbage up from the streets and highways and then winning an award for keeping the city clean.

  25. albialbi says: Dec 23, 2009 10:14 AM

    Florio, you are an idiot….you jealous you weren’t the one to get the award…Vick has done much more than you ever will…so leave the guy alone

  26. smushrodrigez says: Dec 23, 2009 10:15 AM

    Right, the players vote on it. They saw the word courage and thought it was courageous of him to get back into the game and take all of the heat.
    Really, who friggin cares. Mike, Please provide a link to your article about who recieved this award every other year. Thats what I thought. You don’t give a crap, you just see the name Vick and post. Got it.

  27. jkorn1818 says: Dec 23, 2009 10:16 AM

    the only people who are not thinking this is outrageous are eagle fans. if this was burress it would be “are you sure he isnt going to shoot the kids” or something else corny that can be whipped up. This is his first yr back, him helping kids was mandatory for being out of prison and facing a shorter sentence. The nfl and eagles should have used a little more tact when giving out this award, it’s silly, at least wait a few years when everything isnt so fresh. Or, when it isnt mandatory for him to do these things, lets see if hed do this on his own volition 5 years from now.

  28. Steve-O says: Dec 23, 2009 10:18 AM

    Question. Is this section now officially called:
    Latest News & Rumors & Florio’s Opinion on Every Moronic Non-Story Plus Other Stupid Stuff?

  29. RumorMongering says: Dec 23, 2009 10:19 AM

    I’m guessing you have the exact opposite view or no view at all on this one but realized this negative opinion would drum up comments. Congrats. You’ve proven yourself to have ass backward views on subjects like this before thus losing all credibility when reporting on such stories. It’s the same schtick over an over. Next time add in a rehashed Seinfeld joke to tie it all together.

  30. P-Slice says: Dec 23, 2009 10:20 AM

    Congrats Vick, sorry for my fellow human beings poor behavior. Continue your good work, everyone has made a mistake, don’t look back, look forward.

  31. chunky soupy sales says: Dec 23, 2009 10:20 AM

    “Do you read the Bible, Mike? Do you know the story of the Prodigal Son?
    A person’s turn away from vice and sin IS something to celebrate. You are sounding too much like the OTHER son in the story.”
    And you’re sounding too much like the dad in the story. Or Tony Dungy.
    And by the way, the son in the story turned away from his sins because he could see it was leading him down a bad path and he was growing physically and spiritually broke. And because he saw how not only was he hurting himself, but those he loved. So he made an intensly personal and loving decision to stop doing horrible things and clean up his life.
    Mike Vick stopped what he was doing because he got busted by the law, then he lied to everyone with a straight face, denied it and tried to throw his family and friends under the bus.
    Kinda different circumstances

  32. Brooklyn Eagle says: Dec 23, 2009 10:21 AM

    Hey Florio thanks for your recidivist attitude, always helps to read stuff like this when I get into work in the morning. Really puts a bright spot on my day.

  33. Favre On HGH says: Dec 23, 2009 10:21 AM

    Basically going around and telling everyone how big of a dumba** you are must be qualifying factors. That is all he has done.
    Maybe it was insightful speech to a local DC crowd: Story
    Michael Vick told a sparse crowd at a Washington church on Tuesday that dogfighting is pointless and he doesn’t know why he risked his career for it.
    “I got caught up in the culture,” the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback said at Covenant Baptist Church, in one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. “I never thought that I would get caught.”
    Maybe his talk in VA: Story/12/kids_greet_michael_vick_with_o.html
    Vick advised students at his old middle school to avoid the kind of bad decisions that landed him in federal prison for dogfighting.
    “Look at me and use me as an example,” he said. “I want to be an ambassador for change.”
    Maybe Philly talk?: Story
    Growing up, I had dreams and I always wanted to have this great, lavish life and make it to the NFL, go and accomplish great things and leave a great legacy. That was my goal from a young kid,” Vick said. “My future was promising … at some point, I got sidetracked. I started listening to my friends and doing some things that were not ethical and not right.”
    He said he tried to do the right things at school and at home, “but I had another side to me, and it was a dark side.”
    Really heart warming stuff isn’t it?
    Maybe it is the charity work he is not involved with:
    Vick Tackles could help shelters
    Michael Vick Protest to Help Feed the Pets
    Eagles Launch TAWK Initiative
    Although the acquisition of Michael Vick pushed the Birds’ to take action on the animal welfare front, the organization considers the TAWK program independent of Vick. Most local groups, such TAWK grant recipient PAWS, balked at the idea of including him in the project.

  34. wydok says: Dec 23, 2009 10:24 AM

    In the article about Haley flipping the bird, you say:
    “Though the fan’s account is persuasive, the story doesn’t include Haley’s side of things. We’d like to know whether Haley admits to the behavior”
    But you didn’t bother asking the team before you posted this article.
    So, which is it? Do you want both sides of a story or not? Or only when someone else is presenting the story?

  35. Favre On HGH says: Dec 23, 2009 10:25 AM

    The Real Michael Vick
    For Vick and Pit Bulls, TAWK is Not Enough
    He has also raised money by being a little b*tch on the field and having to leave the game with a bruise.
    Vick Bounty
    In honor of Michael Lewis #32 we will donate $1000 to an animal charity of his choice. If we can’t get a hold of him or get no reply we’ll donate it to a San Francisco area animal charity.

  36. Krow says: Dec 23, 2009 10:25 AM

    Vick is a borderline psychopath… and would probably rather be off electrocuting his pets than helping children. He’s forced to do this so he can get back into the money. It’s obvious to all but the dumbest fanboys.

  37. BleedGreen says: Dec 23, 2009 10:26 AM

    jkorn1818 says:
    December 23, 2009 10:13 AM
    His giving back to the community and being with troubled children was part of his plea agreement and mandatory in order for him to get out early, this guy would have never done a thing if he wasnt in prison and required to do these things. He’d still be on the falcons, theyd still have a crap QB and he’d still be abusing animals. This is like someone who gets arrested and for community service they have to pick garbage up from the streets and highways and then winning an award for keeping the city clean.
    ————————————————-
    Wrong, he did a lot with children when he was in Atlanta. Look it up.

  38. vbeach31 says: Dec 23, 2009 10:29 AM

    Love this website, but could do without your opinion on certain issues. Let the reader develop and state their own opinion and stop trying to jade everyone elses opinion with your views. The man served his time and has done numerous community initiatives since being reinstated. I mean what else do you want him to do? He is trying his best to try to make up for his past. He can’t take his past back but he isnt reveling in it either. He has moved on and I suggest you people do also. I’m glad the Eagles had the courage to give him the award, have you ever though for one second, based off of his contributions and that only that he might actually deserve the award. HATERS

  39. filthylucre says: Dec 23, 2009 10:30 AM

    “Ed Block” sounds like a unit of cells within a penitentiary, so I’d say it’s fitting that he received the award.

  40. Zaggs says: Dec 23, 2009 10:31 AM

    So if the guy who got the award for Philly is the one that was forced to work with kids as part of a plea agreement to get out early, well that just goes to show what type of organization Philly is. It means no one else on the entire team did anything voluntarily.
    By the way i hear the rest of the winners for the NFC East are: Flozell Adams, Albert Haynesworth and Plaxico Burress.

  41. Kige Ramsey says: Dec 23, 2009 10:32 AM

    Who’s Ed Block is that one of aliases Florio :)

  42. Quagmire says: Dec 23, 2009 10:34 AM

    No, you have it all wrong.
    “The Cell Block” award was voted on by all his friends in prison.
    It’s more of a Miss Congeniality award…if you know what I mean.

  43. Italian Leprechaun says: Dec 23, 2009 10:34 AM

    I’m sure every single person who doesn’t believe in revitalized individuals has never done anything wrong in their lives. I’m glad you’ve never made a bad decision in your life.
    Whether or not those of you who hate Vick believe it or not, the popular culture in the south encourages dog fighting. It’s a way of life, something people do as children and it carries with them through life. Although most likely not as extreme, and whether or not you believe it, your culture has encouraged things that the rest of the United States doesn’t. You’ve spent your entire life believing something your immediate culture taught you and you don’t even realize it’s wrong.
    “Moral Courage”: the ability to act rightly in the face of popular opposition, shame, scandal, or discouragement.
    He’s overcome these cultural differences to act rightly in the face of popular southern culture. You demonstrate ignorance if you don’t believe he’s been courageous to overcome the obstacles he’s faced. He exhibits what this award is trying to accomplish. You don’t have to like the man (and to be honest, I don’t really like him), but he’s contrite and showing it with his actions.

  44. wydok says: Dec 23, 2009 10:34 AM

    @chunky soupy sales:
    The reason for the turn doesn’t matter as much as the turn itself.

  45. birdmancometh says: Dec 23, 2009 10:37 AM

    He stood up in the face of hate and has handled himself very well. I don’t know about helping abused children, but he has certainly shown courage. Any man willing to admit to his wrong doings and make a real change while others continue to cut him down deserves to be celebrated.
    Congrats Mike. You are a role model for anybody that has made mistakes and is willing to do what it takes to get up, dust off, and make things right.
    Unfortunatly some people don’t have the capacity to forgive. The majority of these people are driven by race, so you won’t be able to change their minds. Good luck in life and with whatever football team you play for next.

  46. jkorn1818 says: Dec 23, 2009 10:38 AM

    BleedGreen says:
    December 23, 2009 10:26 AM
    ————————————————-
    Wrong, he did a lot with children when he was in Atlanta. Look it up.
    ___________________________________
    what did he do with poor animals?

  47. rodstiffington says: Dec 23, 2009 10:40 AM

    In other news… Chris Benoit wins the “Husband of the Year” Award from the Womens Rights Organization.

  48. hayward giablommi says: Dec 23, 2009 10:41 AM

    “Congrats Vick, sorry for my fellow human beings poor behavior. Continue your good work, everyone has made a mistake, don’t look back, look forward. ”
    ^^^^^
    Immersing yourself in a violent, sadistic lifestyle which involves intentionally inflicting heinous torture and agonizing death upon animals, gambling on it and lying to anybody who asks is not a mistake.
    It’s a conscious decision.
    Idiot.

  49. surefooted says: Dec 23, 2009 10:41 AM

    Jeff Lurie et al, doesn’t really care what you think though Florio. He owns a billion+ team and you drive a 68 bug…

  50. chunky soupy sales says: Dec 23, 2009 10:42 AM

    No one ever gives Travis Henry credit for all his work with unwed mothers.

  51. birdmancometh says: Dec 23, 2009 10:43 AM

    some of you are making jokes and trying to be funny, and thats fine. Some of you, however, are driven by hate and thats sad.

  52. Rev. Dr. HollywoodWags says: Dec 23, 2009 10:43 AM

    He went out into the Philly slums and taught more than a few black kids how to use fighting dogs to make mo money.
    I like to call him Tiger, for helping out underprivileged kids who have no money, like Andy Reid’s two fatass drug addict sons.

  53. DonTerrelli says: Dec 23, 2009 10:44 AM

    Maybe they considered DeSean Jackson, but then realized how stupid he is and then considered it unpossible to award him, because when he gets the ball, “you never know what will happen, I’m like the wind when I get going.”
    what an idiot, but glad to have him on my fantasy team!!!

  54. mmdd1111 says: Dec 23, 2009 10:44 AM

    The Eagles lost me as a fan when the signed this dog killing SOB. Now, they freaking give him an award? They are the biggest hypocrites! Unbelievable. The Eagles are IDIOTS! HATE THEM! ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS.

  55. penguininbondage says: Dec 23, 2009 10:45 AM

    I’m hoping it will enhance his trade value

  56. Bird Man says: Dec 23, 2009 10:47 AM

    Vick has done very little non-mandatoy work for animal-related charities. He has done an enormous amount of work for abused children in the Philadelphia area (mainly the Frank Lynch Foundation and Elevate Hope). This is not required by any plea deal or parole agreement. This is an award given annually. It is not responding to anything he did before this year.

  57. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Dec 23, 2009 10:52 AM

    # Krow says: December 23, 2009 10:25 AM
    Vick is a borderline psychopath… and would probably rather be off electrocuting his pets than helping children. He’s forced to do this so he can get back into the money. It’s obvious to all but the dumbest fanboys.
    ==================================
    Exactly.
    There must have been at least ONE Eagle player who has done something for children EVEN THOUGH HE DIDN’T HAVE TO.
    Vick is a thug, nothing more.

  58. wydok says: Dec 23, 2009 11:03 AM

    @DonTerrelli says:
    “Maybe they considered DeSean Jackson, but then realized how stupid he is and then considered it unpossible”
    I’m trying to figure out if you used the word “unpossible” because Jackson has, or because you think it’s actually a word. If it’s the latter, I find that really funny.

  59. birdmancometh says: Dec 23, 2009 11:06 AM

    The truly sad part of all of this is that many of you will show up at church on Christmas eve or Christmas and sing songs praising the birth of a man that stood for second chances and loving your enemies. How strange is it that?

  60. Baseball First says: Dec 23, 2009 11:11 AM

    Why would anyone be surprised by such an obvious ploy? It is Philadelphia, you know. They voted Reid father of the year, too. Need we say more?

  61. straverse says: Dec 23, 2009 11:13 AM

    What a joke. I can’t wait until this clown is gone.

  62. Baseball First says: Dec 23, 2009 11:17 AM

    @birdmancometh
    Yes, this from the place that booed Santa Claus. These loving people who pelted 49′ers fans with snowballs because they dare wore team jackets. The city of brotherly love? What hippocrites.

  63. hayward giablommi says: Dec 23, 2009 11:17 AM

    “The truly sad part of all of this is that many of you will show up at church on Christmas eve or Christmas and sing songs praising the birth of a man that stood for second chances and loving your enemies. How strange is it that?”
    ^^^^^
    Hasn’t science rendered religion obsolete by now? Or is that whole nonprofit untaxable status too good to stop brainwashing the masses with fantastic fables with little basis in reality?
    Anywho, it’s sickening and deplorable that guys who live their lives the right way by not being sadistic, dog drowning felons don’t get recognition for being good people… yet the Eagles have chosen to recognize a truly disgusting monster because he somehow has the courage to go a year without electrocuting a dog by tying jumper cables to its testicles, or slamming a dog repeatedly against the ground until it’s dead, or by knowingly giving a woman herpes.
    Well, he may still be doing that, but I think you see where this is going…

  64. .VoxVeritas says: Dec 23, 2009 11:17 AM

    “The truly sad part of all of this is that many of you will show up at church on Christmas eve or Christmas and sing songs praising the birth of a man that stood for second chances and loving your enemies. How strange is it that?”
    The reeeeaaaaally sad part is that you’ll say something like this, then Sunday you’ll get drunk off your ass and feel up any girls that get near you while you’re waiting to get into the stadium, then when you get in you’ll pack snow around some D size batteries and try to bust somebody in the head with it just for the fun of it.

  65. pantherdan89 says: Dec 23, 2009 11:18 AM

    Mike Vick truly deserves this award. He is an outstanding person, who has fought incredible odds and is a shining example of courage and moral character. He should also be considered for MVP and the Nobel peace prize. We should all try to replicate this man’s selfless actions and the world would be a much better place. In his name we pray, Amen.

  66. texasPHINSfan says: Dec 23, 2009 11:20 AM

    Anything Vick might have legitimately done to even earn the award should be taken with a grain as he was federally mandated as part of his release agreement to serve x number of community service hours.
    One needs to ask would Vick have done whatever volunteer work (assuming he did do some) if he had not been legally required to do so?

  67. golongboyee says: Dec 23, 2009 11:21 AM

    WHAT A JOKE………I still cannot figure out this strange compulsion the Eagles have for helping Vick out. There is obviously something going on inside the organization that we aren’t privy to.
    THIS IS LAUGHABLE!

  68. wvugrad00 says: Dec 23, 2009 11:23 AM

    I have no problems with the eagles giving this award to Vick. I say to the people with a sore vagina too bad if you don’t like it or if it offends you.

  69. skinsfan1970 says: Dec 23, 2009 11:25 AM

    Still bashing Vick around here I see…………get a life and move on…………..a little news for you, he has.

  70. Hugh says: Dec 23, 2009 11:25 AM

    “This is like someone who gets arrested and for community service they have to pick garbage up from the streets and highways and then winning an award for keeping the city clean.”
    EXACTLY!!!!
    And it’s not about hate, it’s not about giving the guy a second chance, but come on!!!
    No one else on the Eagles team diserved this?
    Pathetic!

  71. Smitty2K3 says: Dec 23, 2009 11:26 AM

    Florio, as soon as you start giving your opinion, I stop reading. I don’t care about what you think!! So stop telling us. I appreciate you reporting facts, but when you start giving your opinion, I stop visiting your site.

  72. pantherdan89 says: Dec 23, 2009 11:40 AM

    Italian Leprechaun, I’ve lived in North Carolina for nearly 40 years and have NEVER seen, heard of or been invited to a dog fight. Quit making excuses for this guy. Dog fighting is not a part of SOUTHERN culture, maybe it’s part of the BLACK culture but that is still not an excuse. Slavery was part of Southern white culture, but I don’t see any of these church going, Bible reading, compassionate folks forgiving slave owners, or any other white people for that matter. They merely use compassion to prop up there heros and use race as an excuse and a crutch. I don’t dislike Vick because he is black. I dislike him because he has a serious portion of his morallity missing, just like the Southern slave owners. Merry Christmas everyone.

  73. BlueEyeDevils says: Dec 23, 2009 11:41 AM

    Poor Little Angry White people………..
    You lost………..
    Get over it………. :)
    Add one more flipping finger and I send a BIG flip :)
    Mr. NFL wins again………..
    Sorry BlueEyeDevils :)
    HA HA HA

  74. McNabb2JacksonAllDay says: Dec 23, 2009 11:47 AM

    Florio, check your information man.
    The Ed Block Courage Award “FOUNDATION” promotes the prevention of child abuse by raising awareness of the epidemic and assisting agencies who provide for the care and treatment of abused children in communities throughout the NFL. The objective is coupled with the Foundation’s commitment to celebrate players of inspiration in the NFL.
    The actual AWARD is given each year to one player from each NFL team who his teammates find as a source of inspiration, it has nothing to do with raising awareness for child abuse, that is what the Foundation itself is for.
    So Vick could be just the right player for this award, yes he messed up big time in ways some find unforgivable.
    But as far as we can see he has cleaned himself up, has helped speak at Philadelphia schools and other outlets, and he has turned his whole life around.
    His teammates may find that inspirational, that a man who was once cast out from society can turn his situation around by doing the right things.

  75. mattitude says: Dec 23, 2009 11:47 AM

    I understand that many people in this country have such a hatred for Vick because they have such a strong affinity for animals, and giving this award to Vick may be silly, but what is it exactly that you want to happen to this man? Should he have served more time in prison? Do you think he deserves physical punishment for executing dogs? Should he never be allowed to play in the NFL again?
    I was never a Mike Vick fan, and nothing he’s done since his incarceration has changed my mind, but the guy served his time. What else is he supposed to do?

  76. smiley says: Dec 23, 2009 11:55 AM

    Wow….what an insult to Ed Block….wow.

  77. BlueEyeDevils says: Dec 23, 2009 12:01 PM

    I guess this is proof that stupid dogs are just that – STUPID.
    If Vick had more regard for HUMAN life more than ANIMAL life, just maybe he is more HUMAN than “you” ANIMAL before HUMAN LIFE IDIOTS.
    Personally I think anyone that thinks of animals as their kids are the SICK ones.
    I wouldn’t be surprised if those same people would marry their dogs if it was legal :)
    About the IDIOT in North Carolina, I was born and raised in the South and dog fighting is cultural and kids used to take their dogs down the block, just bragging about how tough their dog was.
    Just because “you” people are incapable of producing HUMAN kids, you are not God and cannot make ANIMALS breed HUMAN life :)

  78. smiley says: Dec 23, 2009 12:04 PM

    Oh yeah…this guy reminds me of the animal killer: http://www.edblock.org/content/who-was-ed-block

  79. stadanko says: Dec 23, 2009 12:04 PM

    He had the courage not to kill dogs Florio! Why don’t you understand? I’m so sick of your biased reporting. It’s time for you to pony up and acknowledge the greatness of a player that can play in this league for half of a season without running a federal gambling ring or hooking up a car battery to a wet dogs nutsack! COURAGE! CHEESESTEAKS! IGGLES!

  80. Baseball First says: Dec 23, 2009 12:06 PM

    @mattitude
    You are using the hate word, not us.
    “but what is it exactly that you want to happen to this man?”
    We want him to stop pretending to be he is not the same man he was three years ago. He is.
    “Should he have served more time in prison?”
    He did not serve time for animal cruelty. He should have.
    “Do you think he deserves physical punishment for executing dogs?”
    Did the dogs deserve physical punishment? As much as we are disgusted with Vick, we do not think violence is an answer.
    “Should he never be allowed to play in the NFL again?”
    Since he is playing that question is silly.
    It is ironic that seeing a jerk for what he is makes everyone a hater. It is Vick who did those despicable, unlawful things, not us. He has a second chance. The onus is on him. Giving him a bogus award does not help.

  81. Baseball First says: Dec 23, 2009 12:09 PM

    @Big G
    “What have you done that is so better than what Vick has done or not done?”
    Are you serious? Next you will tell us Hitler was misunderstood.
    Listen to the thug calling Florio a punk.

  82. chunky soupy sales says: Dec 23, 2009 12:13 PM

    Unfortunatly some people don’t have the capacity to forgive. The majority of these people are driven by race, so you won’t be able to change their minds. Good luck in life and with whatever football team you play for next.
    Way to go with the generalizations way upon that soapbox.
    This isn’t about forgiveness. Vick hasn’t done anything to me for me to forgive him for, nor to you. So the fact that you act as if you are forgiving him is pure arrogance on your behalf. It’s about not sensationalizing and making some foolish idol of Mike Vick simply because he ” redeemed himself” in some peoples eyes by merely finding a spot on an NFL roster after a prison term.
    You are so quick to draw the race card, but where has the sympathy been from you Vick supporters for the other guys involved in the case? I haven’t seen any of you crying for their deliverence from the justice system or pushing for their second chances in life. Indeed, most of you. likr Mike, BLAMED THEM for HIS plight. Oh, that’s right, they are just poor black people with below average 40 times. He was just trying to help them and they ” didn’t do the right thing” as Mike said.
    So in short, take your race card and your arrogant ” forgiveness” and shove it where his cellmate shoved it.

  83. BenRapistberger says: Dec 23, 2009 12:17 PM

    The only thing I can really tie in is that Mike and Marcus Vick were both neglected as children, which is what put Mike in the situation he was in to start watching dog fighting and thinking it was ok at a very young and impressionable age. I have seen Vick speak publicly to youth to help educate them as to how and why this is wrong, how his decisions had consequences, and how staying out of the wrong crowd as you grow up is a key to becoming a successful adult.

  84. BroadStreetBully9286 says: Dec 23, 2009 12:19 PM

    @Baseball First
    How the hell do you know it’s bogus? You work with the team and him and knows what he’s doing, or are you just talking out of your ass–hoping that the longer the length of your comment the more we won’t question your “clear inside knowledge” of the situation.
    Give me a break. Until we know exactly what he’s done or what he hasn’t done we have no idea if this is deserved or merely a puff piece. Right now I’m erring on the latter, but to speak with authority when you have none is absolutely ridiculous.
    And with the Niners thing, the Niners fans instigated the incident. Check the other thread. No mention of bottles thrown at DeSean Jackson, but plenty of intra-seating snowball fights.

  85. Baseball First says: Dec 23, 2009 12:20 PM

    @BlueEyeDevils
    “Poor Little Angry White people………..
    You lost………..
    Get over it………. :)”
    When all else fails, then turn to the security of the race card. You are part of the problem and never will be a part of the solution. You are a different shade of David Duke. Thank goodness better people of all colors are tired of your poor me philosphy.

  86. westbrook 36 says: Dec 23, 2009 12:21 PM

    I have a Bernese Mountain dog that I treat like it was my child. I’m crazy about him. I am repulsed by what Vick did.
    That said, he served his time and is making reparations for what he did. People need to get past it. If I made a mistake I would hope that people would give me a chance if I changed and not hold me accountable for the rest of my life for mistakes from my past.
    Aside from the dog thing, he was good in the community and from all accounts a decent guy. Being in jail, losing all that money and hitting rock bottom can change a man. When he saw the backlash of what he did and was sitting in jail it really opened his eyes. Until I see otherwise, you have to give the man the benefit of the doubt that he changed and is sincere.
    I have a cousin that got caught up in drugs and is in jail now. Complete dumbass. Now that he is clean he realizes how he screwed up his life and the damages he did to himself and to others. He wants to change his life when he gets out and start over. I hope he gets a second chance and that people don’t hold that over him when he is trying to get a job. He is doing his time. What if it were your kid Florio? Wouldn’t you want people to move past things if he did his time and genuinely changed?
    It’s easy to judge others but a lot harder to forgive. Unless I see a lack of remorse or that he hasn’t changed, I will forgive Vick, despite being a huge dog lover.

  87. Baseball First says: Dec 23, 2009 12:27 PM

    “If Vick had more regard for HUMAN life more than ANIMAL life, just maybe he is more HUMAN than “you” ANIMAL before HUMAN LIFE IDIOTS.”
    Are you really as stupid as you write? I would guess you are a few rungs below human and animal life. There are bacteria more deserving of consideration than you.

  88. westbrook 36 says: Dec 23, 2009 12:28 PM

    BlueEyeDevils
    When you bring up the race card it’s you that are a racist. The Vick thing has to do with the dog fighting, not the color of his skin. It’s always great when people decide to turn things into a race issue. Sad. Take a look in the mirror before posting. You embarrass yourself with comments like that.

  89. BobsCountryBunker says: Dec 23, 2009 12:31 PM

    If it is indeed a courage award, it has to go to Deshean Jackson for that ill-advised belly bump with an airborn Andy Reid.

  90. BlueEyeDevils says: Dec 23, 2009 12:32 PM

    westbrook 36 says:
    December 23, 2009 12:21 PM
    I have a Bernese Mountain dog that I treat like it was my child. I’m crazy about him. I am repulsed by what Vick did.
    “Just because” you are so pathetic that no woman would have your child and you had to make a dog your CHILD does not make it Vick’s fault :)

  91. westbrook 36 says: Dec 23, 2009 12:33 PM

    Vox,
    All Philly fans are not like the stereotype Eagles fans. I realize in all your posts that’s all you like to post about but the reality is other places have the same amount of boneheaded people. Ever see the you tube video of Giants fans destroying cars after the Eagles beat them in the playoffs last year? Funny how that never made the news, yet they still talk about snowballing Santa from 41 years ago.
    I love how people take their dislike of a team and take it out on the fans. I can’t stand the Cowboys or their owner but I have no problem with the fans. They are just people rooting for their local team or team they like, just like me. That said, when I read your posts, I think you should come to Philly to watch a game. I’m sure lots of posters here would love to give you some D batteries from high up in the stands.

  92. -Slap- says: Dec 23, 2009 12:39 PM

    Every black person who wants us to forgive Michael Vick would never forgive Michael Richards in a thousand years.

  93. Baseball First says: Dec 23, 2009 12:39 PM

    @Broadstreetbully
    Yes, and you have all the “clear inside knowledge.” You dolt. You are obviously a fan of the Eagles, so nothing you say is but ass-produced bullcrap. This award is shameful. Only Eagle fans will drink the Kool Aid, then attack anyone who sees it as a PR ploy. What fools.
    Blame incidents on the niners fans. Not a biased view on your part there. What a turd.

  94. rayg says: Dec 23, 2009 12:47 PM

    I just threw up in my mouth when I read this about Vick. He can’t leave the NFL soon enough for me. Somebody, PLEASE, somebody, give him the concussion of all concussions! I’m talking to you, Mr Dawkins!

  95. stnmmc says: Dec 23, 2009 12:50 PM

    Whether or not those of you who hate Vick believe it or not, the popular culture in the south encourages dog fighting. It’s a way of life, something people do as children and it carries with them through life.
    __________________________________
    It amazes me how many behaviors of the south are pop culture and are/were accepted. Lynchin’s, we raise our dat gum kids to do dat. And remember, anyone who is rocking the ol’ Confederate flag, that is because it represents heritage, not hate. A heritage where all blacks were inferior to whites and were not people.
    Preach on Southern man

  96. BroadStreetBully9286 says: Dec 23, 2009 12:53 PM

    No, I’ve been here listening to the feedback all over the radio, it’s a clear issue of instigation. It’s not blaming when it actually happened in that manner. And again, where’s the post about DeSean Jackson in the Meadowlands? Where? No pithy retort there, eh O’Reilly?
    Who cares if I’m a Philly fan? I don’t condone the normal shit, and I believe that this award is largely BS. But you walking around like you’re some form of oracle is pretty laughable.
    I never said I did, if you used those eyes to read you’ll see this: “Until we know exactly what he’s done or what he hasn’t done we have no idea if this is deserved or merely a puff piece. Right now I’m erring on the latter, but to speak with authority when you have none is absolutely ridiculous.”
    So my only point was is we have no idea what they hell they were thinking. Until we know, we can’t pass a judgment on it past pure speculative opinion. That’s it.
    Sorry, that’s how life works chief.

  97. westbrook 36 says: Dec 23, 2009 12:57 PM

    BlueEyeDevils,
    It’s called birth control. Maybe you can’t afford it or have no one to use it on other than maybe a close relative but it’s called being smart. I’m single and having fun so I don’t want kids now.
    I guess when you’re giving it to another dude from behind you don’t have to worry about birth control so maybe that’s why you don’t understand that concept.

  98. birdmancometh says: Dec 23, 2009 1:00 PM

    @Heyward -
    Maybe it has, I don’t freakin know. I didn’t say I would be one of those people…
    @Vox -
    I’m just pointing out the facts. And yes, I will in fact be drunk on Sunday, you’re right about that. I won’t be feeling any girls or throwing batteries, but maybe snowballs.

  99. Jay says: Dec 23, 2009 1:05 PM

    Florio, you really should give it a rest on Vick. Yes, you helped spearhead his public crucifixion and everyone is quite aware that you hate the man. You have to let it go because now the public opinion is starting to turn. Believe it or not, the average fan is tired of hearing people bash him. In your business, it might be wise to listen to popular opinion, otherwise you could risk your new sponsorship.
    Everyone should keep in mind the notion that, people who live in glass houses should not throw stones. Right or wrong, dog fighting is enough of a cultural thing that it is possible for people to be brough up in such a way that it does not appear “evil” or “disgusting”. Participating in those activities is not enough to prove that someone is truely a rotten individual which is why there are several states that consider it a misdomeanor.
    Just try to remember that your opinions are not devine law and that everyone deserves fair judgement.

  100. NoKoolaidCowboy says: Dec 23, 2009 1:08 PM

    Are you freakin’ kidding me? The guy hasn’t played a full season and already you are giving what should assumably be a prestigious award? No wonder alot is said about these guys being coddled. If Vick were smart, he would say “Thanks but no thanks, I haven’t earned it yet”. But given how this is me “Me” generation then so be it. Hey, why not give him the key to the city while you are at it?
    Explains a lot considering what is up on YouTube regarding the recent snowball incident. And you know what? If those guys came into your house wearing the other team’s colors and being obnoxious, it doesn’t mean you have to resort to that level.
    And defending something that’s just wrong is sipping the KoolAid.

  101. Woody Paige says: Dec 23, 2009 1:10 PM

    BlueEyeDevils says:
    December 23, 2009 12:01 PM
    I guess this is proof that stupid dogs are just that – STUPID.
    If Vick had more regard for HUMAN life more than ANIMAL life, just maybe he is more HUMAN than “you” ANIMAL before HUMAN LIFE IDIOTS.
    Personally I think anyone that thinks of animals as their kids are the SICK ones.
    I wouldn’t be surprised if those same people would marry their dogs if it was legal :)
    About the IDIOT in North Carolina, I was born and raised in the South and dog fighting is cultural and kids used to take their dogs down the block, just bragging about how tough their dog was.
    Just because “you” people are incapable of producing HUMAN kids, you are not God and cannot make ANIMALS breed HUMAN life :)
    ——————————————————————————–
    Have they just completely thrown away English class at your higher institution of learning? Your posts make me want to projectile vomit on my computer. I don’t know what any of that means, something about animals and humans making babies.

  102. Baseball First says: Dec 23, 2009 1:14 PM

    @broadstreetdummy
    Funny how life works according to your biased take on it, genius. The fact that you find fault in my words, the niner fans, the reasons for the award, and anything that goes contrary to your team shows your prejudice. Your only point was what? You are laughable. Your point is to criticize anyone who does not agree with you. How disingenuous.
    Sorry, that’s how life works squaw.

  103. Italian Leprechaun says: Dec 23, 2009 1:23 PM

    The ignorance of the United States continues to shine; especially pantherdan89 who continues to reference race rather than social class.
    I’m a white male who grew up in a poor household. Mom and dad were both college dropouts in the early 80s. Dad worked two jobs while mom worked the overnight shift. They had two children and were sufficiently happy. Mom goes to have her tubes tied and finds out she is pregnant with twins. The year I’m 12 years old, our Christmas presents are donated by the church because of tough financial times. But through it all, my parents loved me. They taught me life. They taught me the value of an education and how to work hard to survive. I’m now working on a masters degree with a great job that I love and my parents are still the same love supporting parents I once had.
    I always thaught I had it bad. But now living in Baltimore and seeing what some of these kids go through on a daily basis is sickening. Children are exposed to a way of living you and I have never experienced. I’m sure your mom taught you to steal a gallon of milk from the local grocery store so you’re little brother could eat. I’m sure you’re dad was out selling drugs and you never saw him as a kid because he was a crackhead. And, I’m sure you spent all the years of your life moving from city row house to row house just to have a roof over your head.
    I can proudly say, with my parents as a guide, I’ve moved to a middle class citizen. People like Michael Vick don’t have that same opportunity. They don’t have loving parents to support them and guide them. They learn on the streets. Just because you live in a white, upper class (and we’ll throw “white” in there since you love the race concept), and do not see dog fighting in your neighborhood doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen.
    You’re obviously not a socialist, and neither am I so I don’t disagree there is disparity in our country, but you should at least acknowledge the world in which we live in and realize that not everyone was taught the same moral principles you were.

  104. GovtCheese says: Dec 23, 2009 1:23 PM

    Who cares what you think Florio, you don’t know why they gave it to Vick yet you sit here and say that they made a mistake. STFU.

  105. Baseball First says: Dec 23, 2009 1:27 PM

    @NoKoolaidCowboy
    Thank you for telling like it is. Regardless of team affiliation this award to him is sickening. I saw the video, also. Idiots like BroadStreetBully will attack you for daring to speak your views. Those niner fans did not deserve such treatment. It is funny how 2 people in a rival stadium get all the blame.

  106. westbrook 36 says: Dec 23, 2009 1:29 PM

    Woody Paige,
    Slavery is psychotic as well and that involves humans. The culture was to have slaves though so it was accepted. The North had slaves too but realized it was wrong, hence a little thing called the civil war. Go read up on slavery and how they were treated, how the lived and how they were beaten to death. It’s disgusting and sickens me.
    How could they not know slavery was wrong? It was their culture. It’s true that dog fighting is cultural in some areas despite the majority of the country knowing it’s wrong and being repulsed at the idea. In Mexico they have cock fighting and I’m sure in the U.S. as well. That’s cultural as well.
    I don’t defend what he did but until you lived in that man’s shoes and grew up around that and it was considered normal and not repugnant, I don’t think we can really judge Vick or call him a psychopath for his actions. I’m white. How many of my ancestors owned slaves? Were all of our famillies psychopaths for their behavior?
    All I’m saying is have an open mind and don’t be so quick to judge. If you grew up in a culture like that who knows if you would be doing something like that. If you grew up in the 1700s you probably would have had slaves. Who is to say you wouldn’t do dog fighting if you grew up where that was normal.

  107. Italian Leprechaun says: Dec 23, 2009 1:37 PM

    westbrook36, I couldn’t have said it any better despite my ridiculously long reply I had just above yours. I wish I had just let you speak on behalf of me.
    I love my dog as much as anyone else and I’m not agreeing what Vick did was right. The argument simply says he has changed and has shown courage in the change. He’s realized his mistakes and moved on. He deserves to be recognized for moving on with his life.

  108. westbrook 36 says: Dec 23, 2009 1:43 PM

    Woody Paige says:
    December 23, 2009 1:10 PM
    BlueEyeDevils says:
    December 23, 2009 12:01 PM
    I guess this is proof that stupid dogs are just that – STUPID.
    If Vick had more regard for HUMAN life more than ANIMAL life, just maybe he is more HUMAN than “you” ANIMAL before HUMAN LIFE IDIOTS.
    Personally I think anyone that thinks of animals as their kids are the SICK ones.
    I wouldn’t be surprised if those same people would marry their dogs if it was legal :)
    About the IDIOT in North Carolina, I was born and raised in the South and dog fighting is cultural and kids used to take their dogs down the block, just bragging about how tough their dog was.
    Just because “you” people are incapable of producing HUMAN kids, you are not God and cannot make ANIMALS breed HUMAN life :)
    ——————————————————————————–
    Have they just completely thrown away English class at your higher institution of learning? Your posts make me want to projectile vomit on my computer. I don’t know what any of that means, something about animals and humans making babies.
    ——————————————————–
    He’s an idiot. My point was my dog is a member of my family and is treated like a kid (toys, feed them, take care of them, etc.). It was germane because I was trying to show that despite how I feel about dogs and what Vick did, I still feel the man deserves a second chance.
    Not sure where he got making dog babies with my dog came from or how caring about your dog means you can’t get laid. He’s either trying to be funny or he needs some kind of psychiatric help.

  109. robertamberg says: Dec 23, 2009 1:45 PM

    He can share the award with the courageous snowball throwers mentioned in a recent PFT blog. Philly is a real class act.

  110. westbrook 36 says: Dec 23, 2009 1:57 PM

    Italian Leprechaun,
    I’m sure a lot of people feel as we do and a lot of people will never get over or forgive what Vick did. He is a very polarizing figure.
    As with most issues in life, everyone has an opinion and often people disagree on things. I understand how they feel because I felt that way initially. It wasn’t easy to think it through and forgive him for what he did.
    Now if I find out it was BS or he was putting on a show about being regretting his actions and he hasn’t truly reformed, he goes right back to being an a-hole and I could care less if he’s on my team. I’m done with him and want no parts of him and at that point I would hope the Eagles would send him packing regardless of financial implications. I saw Lurie’s press conference and I think he would give him the boot immediately if he also thought Vick was faking regret and has not changed.

  111. westbrook 36 says: Dec 23, 2009 1:58 PM

    Italian Leprechaun,
    I’m sure a lot of people feel as we do and a lot of people will never get over or forgive what Vick did. He is a very polarizing figure.
    As with most issues in life, everyone has an opinion and often people disagree on things. I understand how they feel because I felt that way initially. It wasn’t easy to think it through and forgive him for what he did.
    Now if I find out it was BS or he was putting on a show about being regretting his actions and he hasn’t truly reformed, he goes right back to being an a-hole and I could care less if he’s on my team. I’m done with him and want no parts of him and at that point I would hope the Eagles would send him packing regardless of financial implications. I saw Lurie’s press conference and I think he would give him the boot immediately if he also thought Vick was faking regret and has not changed.

  112. Pallidrone says: Dec 23, 2009 2:16 PM

    “Maybe there simply was no one else on the team worthy of the honor. Or maybe the players voted without a real understanding of what the honor means. Or maybe they simply wanted to give critics of Vick a collective middle finger.
    Either way, we think the Eagles made a huge mistake on this one.”
    1) I am pretty sure the players voted knowing full well what the award means.
    2) How could the “Eagles” make this huge mistake when it was the “Eagles Players” that voted?
    3) Maybe, just maybe the players want to support their teammate and this was the only chance they had to sit there and say “Mike, you are doing the right thing in straightening out your life”.

  113. pantherdan89 says: Dec 23, 2009 2:38 PM

    Italian Leprechaun, You brought up dog fighting as a southern cultural thing. I merely disagreed. I have never seen it. I grew up poor with very hard working parents as well. Even though they weren’t around much, I picked up on the fact that torturing any living creature for fun was wrong, just like I picked up on the fact that stealing, murdering and raping were wrong. I brought up race because you said it was a cultural thing and I certainly havn’t seen it in my culture, therefore it must be part of a different culture. I’m not racist at all. My wife is of Mexican descent and my son is half black and I love them both with all my heart. I’m sick and tired of people making excuses because of their race or their culture or they had a tough childhood. Be accountable for your own actions and descisions and just because you’re following the rules of your parole and trying to repair your public image does not make you courageous or deserving of an award.

  114. billsfanaddict says: Dec 23, 2009 3:19 PM

    This just in: accountability in america (if it could) has just been tonya harding’ed down a notch as a local masochist is awarded for doing what the courts have ordered him to do.
    AWESOME STUFF
    for the record… i was/am all for vick getting to play in the nfl again b/c he didnt violate any court mandates & therefore has earned a chance to make a living.
    i can guarantee that he hasn’t had enough time as a ‘free man’ ((even if he was a devoted jobless philanthropist)) to fully make up for what he did, let alone do enough to be awarded!
    Poor Form Philadelphia! ya’ll stay classy now ya hear

  115. TheDPR says: Dec 23, 2009 3:20 PM

    Apparently Vick isn’t the dumbest guy on that team, if he got the votes to win that award. Next year this clown produces around a 72.6 QB Rating for the Browns or some other loser franchise and goes to the Pro Bowl. Just watch.

  116. westbrook 36 says: Dec 23, 2009 3:26 PM

    It’s cultural in some areas of the south, not all places south of the Mason Dixon line. It’s also cultural in some places in the North but it’s more prevalent in the South.
    Again, I use my slavery analagy from an earlier post. I’m sure back then people picked up on the fact that raping and beating and murdering people was wrong but apparently they didn’t think it was wrong to do it to a black person though because of the culture of that time.

  117. pantherdan89 says: Dec 23, 2009 4:04 PM

    Nevermind the dog fighting, is it cultural to electricute, beat and drown dogs for fun ? I’m all for giving people second and even third chances but I have yet to see anything courageous about this guy. For you guys that keep saying that a human life is worth more than a million dogs lives, your right. What’s your point ? You can’t think what Vick did was terrible and still value human life ? Your argument makes no sense.

  118. Route36West says: Dec 23, 2009 4:58 PM

    If you want to argue against Mike Vick getting the award then name another Eagle that deserves it more.
    You cant he has done alot in the philly community this year. The award isnt for what you’ve done the last 10 years its for what you did this year. What Vick has done this year is alot of good.
    But saying all that their is an Eagles’ player I can say who deserves the award more, Leonard Weaver. Every Tuesday, which you know is NFL players day off, Weaver goes to Camden to a community center and helps underplevledged kids. If anyone reads news papers Camden was voted the most dangerous city in America for 3 years and has been in the top 2 for the last 10. Weaver is knew to the community but he is still out their giving his day off to these kids. Who have to walk past junkies, prostitutes, and drug deals on every corner to go to school. Half of the drug dealers in the city are kids so he has done alot to give these kids hope that they dont have to go that route.
    So I dont think Vick doesnt deserve it b/c of his past I just think Weaver deserves it more. Weaver is saving people when Vick is talking about saving dogs. Its a big difference.

  119. Elizabeth says: Dec 23, 2009 5:02 PM

    Holy Crap – I am so glad I have boycotted everything about this team! The NFL is so disgusting – they’re ignorant thugs – why can’t everyone boycott this stupid sport and the losers they support! It breeds wife abusers, cheaters, dog fighters (Vick isn’t the only one!) and drunks – sickening role models! How do they sleep at night?

  120. Favre On HGH says: Dec 23, 2009 9:16 PM

    Or maybe it’s for kicking SmackmyVickUp’s ass off of PFT – anyone else notice that he hasn’t been around since Vick started playing better?
    _____________
    Sorry Kevin, still here. Mr. Florio didn’t like my comments posted on something unrelated and kicked me off with that name.
    Still waiting for him to start playing better though.

  121. Favre On HGH says: Dec 23, 2009 9:23 PM

    Whether or not those of you who hate Vick believe it or not, the popular culture in the south encourages dog fighting. It’s a way of life, something people do as children and it carries with them through life. Although most likely not as extreme, and whether or not you believe it, your culture has encouraged things that the rest of the United States doesn’t. You’ve spent your entire life believing something your immediate culture taught you and you don’t even realize it’s wrong.
    __________________
    Guys responsible for this claimed it was a cultural thing – Dogfighting operations raided in Wilkinson County
    These guys did too – 4 Mo. men sentenced to prison in dogfighting case
    Guess what the judge said:
    “I’m hearing this is part of a culture a lot of us aren’t familiar with,” she said. “But they realized they’re out of the mainstream. People involved in this know it’s illegal. Culture is not a mitigating factor. This was a serious offense.”

  122. bigfanx says: Dec 23, 2009 10:20 PM

    Waaaay too early to be heaping awards on “Ookie”. He needs lots more time to develop a SINCERE attitude to address the very same issues that has caused him so much grief.
    Revisit the possibility of bestowing Vick with the Ed Block Courage Award in a couple years… after Vick actually helps other humans… not just himself.

  123. rio says: Dec 23, 2009 11:26 PM

    I think this is an insult to the dogs he abused as well as to abused and neglected children. He is a complete Brute, a Cretin and never apologized to the dogs, isnt paying for their rehab, nor the people who took on the dogs that survived his torture, and also child abusers are very often animal abusers, most likely he has done it all!

  124. urabozoo says: Dec 23, 2009 11:28 PM

    Obama won the Nobel and Vick wins the Block. Dont you realize America is going to hell in a hand basket? Up is down, in is out. I give up caring about anything anymore. Except beer. I will always care about my beer.

  125. Tia says: Dec 24, 2009 12:34 AM

    Michael Vick stuck an electric rod in the dogs, put them in a wading pool and plugged them in. They writhed in pain for several minutes, throwing up and thrashing around. He also picked them up and broke their necks with his own hands and threw them on the ground over and over until they died. Those teammates and coaches who support him receiving this award make it seem like he stole a loaf of bread! Killing animals by your own hands is not a mistake. It is a lifestyle and if Michael Vick would do that do defenseless animals he would do it to humans. 99.9% of ALL serial killers start with killing animals. It’s a PROVEN FACT. He has no compasion for ANY living thing, animal or human. Yes, he did serve his time (way too short) and that part is done. But, to allow him to go right back to being a millionaire and have his own show is unbelievable. There is such a thing in this world called right and wrong. It guides our society.

  126. Favre On HGH says: Dec 24, 2009 7:29 AM

    “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.”
    Unfortunately this mission took a hit recently when it was announced that Michael Vick had been voted in as the recipient for the Philadelphia Eagles.
    Michael Vick, less than one year removed from prison for inflicting incredibly heinous acts upon defenseless animals will represent the Eagles at the Ed Block Courage Awards here in Baltimore. This is the same Vick who once assumed the alias of Ron Mexico to circumvent a sex scandal; the same Vick accused of trying to board a plane with a water bottle equipped with a hidden compartment allegedly laced with marijuana residue; the former Atlanta Falcons’ player who flipped the bird towards his hometown fans.
    And let’s not forget all of the creditors he stiffed.
    This is the best the Philadelphia Eagles could do?
    Obviously he owes none of them any money.
    Keep in mind that this is an award often bestowed upon players, coaches or trainers who have battled cancer; or uncommonly served their communities; or endured excruciating pain to rehabilitate a devastating injury in order to take the field again in a productive way to help and support their respective teams and families.
    These are men of honor.
    Mike Vick might be rehabilitated but a man of honor?
    C’mon man!
    Vick has already received awards – a second chance and a new NFL contract. And that’s ok I suppose in this forgiving society but how is that honorable? Did he have any other choice than to suck it up and toe the line of acceptable behavior? Let’s not forget that he had multi-million financial reasons to toe that line and be a conformist.
    Should he have been given a second chance?
    I think so.
    Has he respected this privilege?
    So far, so good.
    Should he be mentioned in the same breath as previous Ed Block Courage Award winners like Warrick Dunn, Kurt Warner, Priest Holmes, Warren Moon, Chad Pennington, Peter Boulware, and Eddie George and on and on?
    Of course not!
    http://ravens24x7.blogspot.com/2009/12/vick-should-gratiously-decline-ed-block.html

  127. Favre On HGH says: Dec 24, 2009 7:39 AM

    Looking at other teams selections some take it serious and others take it as a joke too.
    Wide receiver Mike Furrey has been chosen by his teammates as the Browns’ 2009 recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award.
    Furrey’s nomination was based on his extensive work in the community which includes volunteering his time with the Cleveland Foodbank, Cleveland Christian Home, Cleveland Clinic Rehab Hospital, NFL Hometown Huddle and numerous school visits, among other community events and initiatives.
    The Washington Redskins announced today that defensive end Phillip Daniels was named the winner of the team’s 2009 Ed Block Courage Award. The honor is given annually to a player from each National Football League team who displays extraordinary courage in the face of adversity.
    Daniels suffered a season-ending torn anterior cruciate ligament on the first day of training camp in 2008. Despite being placed on Injured Reserve, Daniels remained with the team throughout the year and attended every game with his teammates. The 6-foot-6, 305-pound Daniels worked diligently to rehabilitate his knee and returned to the practice field this past offseason. The 36-year-old has started all seven games for the NFL’s fourth-ranked defense in 2009.
    Tyvon Branch of the Oakland Raiders, has been named the team’s Ed Block Courage Award Winner for 2009.
    It is fitting that a strong safety who played his rookie season with a cast on his arm would win such an award.
    On the field, Tyvon has been the glue in the secondary and he has also getting better each week. Last week against the Bengals he had 12 tackles and a sack that forced a fumble, ending a Bengal drive that was on the Raider 27.
    Defensive lineman Israel Idonije has been selected as the Bears’ recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award, a prestigious honor that’s given to one player on each NFL team who best exhibits professionalism, strength and dedication. The winners, who are chosen by their teammates, are considered role models in their communities.
    Idonije created The Israel Idonije Foundation in 2007 with the focus on a program called “IZZYz KIDz,” which is designed to encourage and sustain students’ regular school attendance, high achievement and good citizenship.
    Idonije traveled to Africa in the spring for the second straight year with teammate Adewale Ogunleye, where they handed out 20 college scholarships and conducted two youth football camps. They also brought supplies to restock medical centers as well as doctors and nurses to conduct free clinics in rural areas.
    Former Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Richard Collier (pictured right) was voted the 2009 Ed Block Courage Award winner by his teammates, the club announced today. Collier is one of 32 NFL players who will be honored in March at the annual Ed Block Courage Awards Dinner in Baltimore, Md.
    New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove was voted by teammates as this year’s Ed Block Courage Award winner. Each NFL team chooses a player who exemplifies commitments to the principles of sportsmanship and courage.
    “That’s huge, ” said Hargrove, who has made a comeback both on and off the field with the Saints after his career was halted by a series of off-the-field problems, including an arrest and drug suspensions. “Just to be thought that highly of among my peers is great.

  128. Favre On HGH says: Dec 24, 2009 7:46 AM

    Press conference for it announced.
    The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation is having a press conference to announce the 2009 class of Ed Block Courage Award recipients. The press conference will be held on Tuesday December 29th at 12:15 pm. at the Sports Legends Museum in downtown Baltimore. The Baltimore Ravens players selected S Dawan Landry as their 2009 winner. Dawan will be honored at the press conference. 105.7 FM’s Scott Garceau will emcee the press conference. Media covering the event should park in the lot in front of Sports Legends museum.

  129. Favre On HGH says: Dec 24, 2009 10:06 AM

    “1 human life is worth more then a million dogs”
    __________
    A dog’s life is also worth 18 months – 5 years. Thanks to Vick dogfighting and animal cruelty penalties have become stiffer.

  130. billsfanaddict says: Dec 24, 2009 11:52 AM

    uraboozoo….. omfg i had almost forgot that Obama ((before doing a single credible F’in thing)) was Man Of The Year for spending 3x as much $$ in an election than any other political campaigner in the history of mankind during one of the worst financial periods ever.
    Dont look up Barack b/c Oprah doesnt like you watching her pull ur strings.
    MAN, Seriously, I should get an award!! i brave the elements to run out to my preheated car @least a couple of times a day! i also play video games quite well, even when low on health & having explosives lobbed at me… pretty courageous eh?!? Do I get an Ed Block Award for that, or @least the Heisman??? seemingly i should when compared to other winners.

  131. Santa says: Dec 24, 2009 1:30 PM

    I think Mike Vick’s teamates know him better than anyone else. A football team is like a family and they take care of each other even when they don’t see eye to eye off the football field. I would leave the nominations for the award to the people who know him on a personal level. This man has come a long way and paid his dues and continues to pay his dues in the face of adversity. He lives in an everyday feeding frenzy of reporters asking him the same questions and yet he stands there like a man and answers them. He knows he has done wrong. He is told that everyday and instead of running away from his mistakes he is trying to make up for them. Congrats to Mike and to the eagles team kudos to you for backing your teamate.
    To all you haters, get to know the man personally before you slam him. You are the cowards who don’t deserve and award for being courageous because I bet you wouldn’t say what you said to his face while the whole Philadelphia Eagles are standing behind him.

  132. Godchild says: Dec 24, 2009 1:34 PM

    It is very sad that we as American can’t support postive things in live. God say what you speak out of you mouth is whom you are.
    God has place Mr. Vicks, in a place where no matter what a new reporter says or anyone else on this Blog say. Because God is in control.
    I know for a fact that, history has done more harm to humans. This is very sad that Race continue to be a issues in America; We are going backwards into the beginning of this Country. Where people of color is bad is never fogive but God has forgiven him That is all that matters.
    I Pray that these writer have some use the words IN GOD WE TRUST more.
    He is not Suffering anymore God is in control. Once God Speaks there is no human can speak back.
    Bloggers: Let Go and Let God !

  133. PsychFitness says: Dec 24, 2009 1:42 PM

    First we’re all sinners..if you’re not Christian, religious or spiritual, we all screw up. It’s not a matter of if, but when. Granted some people’s screwups are bigger than others. All the bad press does is encourage people to hide their faults more. It does take courage to admit your mistakes (look at those sailing down the river of denial), and make a come back knowing every judgmental jerk will come against you acting as though they’ve never made a mistake. Look at how many great men fell on the same sword after pointing fingers at Clinton. My philosophy is keep your own lane clean and avoid pointing fingers at others until you’ve mastered perfection yourself.
    Hint: I’m talking to the Tiger finger pointers too.

  134. Dandaman says: Dec 24, 2009 2:06 PM

    Vick is stupid and he was incredible malicious for knowingly putting animals in extreme pain and death situations. I personally boycott anything to do with the Philadelphia Eagles and I encourage others to join me.
    Obviously, the NFL does not put killing animals in the same category as MLB puts gambling into – Pete Rose is not forgiven in MLB. For the NFL to forgive Vick for a longterm act of vicious malice and for the Eagles to sign him puts both organizations in the cellar.
    Vick recently made the statement that dogfighting is pointless. No, Vickhead Dickhead, dogfighting is way worse than pointless. Pointless means that there is no good reason to do it and there is no issue of bad reasons. Dog fighting is so bad and so illegal and so pathetic, etc., etc., etc., that to call it pointless is completely stupid and says to me that Vick still does not get it!!!!!!!
    Oh, regarding the award, the votes by his teammates only encourages my campaign to boycott of The Eagles.

  135. jrg1263 says: Dec 24, 2009 2:14 PM

    Michael Vick says,
    “I’ve had to overcome a lot, more than probably one single individual can bear,” Vick said. “Take a look at what I’ve been through. You ask certain people to walk in my shoes, they probably couldn’t do it. 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’ve placed myself in, decisions that I’ve made — whether they were good or bad.”
    What a freakin loser! Hey Vick how about those with terminal diseases, how about the men and women who’ve fought for this country and died or came home severely disabled, how about people who don’t have enough to eat or a roof over there heads. These people have endured more than you could ever imagine and are real profiles in courage. People sacrificing there lives to protect our freedom so you can earn more in one season than they will in a lifetime. Your quote just shows how pathetic you are. Your a criminal who obviously still doesn’t know right from wrong and what hard times and sacrifice really are.

  136. bulldowg says: Dec 24, 2009 2:21 PM

    I don’t believe vick needs an award but we critisize him for an old sport that we need to grow out of .how ever we kill thousands of anamals everyday for food clothing and decoration I’m guilty of this I hunt,eat beef ,pork chicken and what about that big old turkey we chowed down on a month ago but this killing is not seen as barberic. let him have his award by the first of the year who will remember or care we dont pay these people for there hi morals just there abillity to pound the H out of each other to entertain us

  137. LEGIT says: Dec 24, 2009 2:21 PM

    To all of you who think you know Vick, and think he may deserve this award, I would like to say that you are ignorant in the fact that this person has committed crimes that should not allow him to receive this award.
    By no means am I saying that Vick is a bad person, or that I can’t make accusations about him without knowing him personally, but his careless actions ARE THE ONLY REASON he has had the opportunity to be voted to receive this award.
    Mike Florio is right, that he shouldn’t be celebrated because he is dealing with problem stemming from his animal abuse. If you don’t agree with that, then you are an absolute idiot…Yes, and absolute idiot. Maybe you should think before you write…if you are capable of that.

  138. RJA4U says: Dec 24, 2009 2:43 PM

    For starters, there is dog fighting in North Carolina! It is nice to see that we are all using our right of free speach. Just remember that you can be sued for what you say and this blog provider would be forced to turnover your information in a court of law. So, if you don’t have firsthand knowledge about something then you might want to keep it to yourself. To include undermining ones name.

  139. Urkell says: Dec 24, 2009 2:46 PM

    Frankly, I don’t care what Michael Vick did becasue they are just dogs. People abroad eat them and nobody complains.
    I hate it when people treat their dogs better than humans. I especially hate it when they bring them into stores and restaurant. It’s illegal in California unless it’s a service dogs. I turn in the the store to the state everytime I see it and I included a picture and the store is heavily fined.
    People wanted to crucify Vick but gleefully accept the congress members who steal their money daily. Please set your priorities and pass me some more of Fido he tastes pretty good.

  140. firstlast says: Dec 24, 2009 2:50 PM

    Florio, it just goes to show you there are other valid opinions. Hey, adopt my motto…”I know I am right, but I do not know who is wrong”

  141. Corey says: Dec 24, 2009 3:00 PM

    If the members of the organization vote and the results of that vote announce Vick as the recipient of the award then let that be that. I and a lot of other football fans are very tired of the issue of dog fighting in regards of Vick as some further challenge we have to face. The man did his time for something that others and usually folk of a different local (perhaps Alaska), culture or race are doing this very moment. Again, he was punished severely, more than most in my awareness of history and yet he still has this issue over his head, come on, wake up and find something more important to zoom in on and complain about. Go after Sarah P. the Moose Killing ex-Gov. that in fact did not use that moose for food but as game to take a picture with?

  142. cpoorman2 says: Dec 24, 2009 3:03 PM

    Why do this writer even have a job as a comentator or editorial or what ever his title is? Could it be because this is America the land of the Free and the Brave. Land of opportunity. Yes Vick did some ungodly things with dogs that I too personally don’t like and I’m a dog owner who would fall on my sword for my dog. However the man has done his time in prison and is doing the things that is required of him to complete the terms of his parole so why do we want to keep kicking him. I’ve never been to prison or even jail for that matter, but as a manager in several large companies, I’ve had the unfortunate opportunity to tell perpective applicants that although we’re hiring and you meet the requirements for the position, we can’t offer you a job until that conviction is removed from your record which is normally about seven years. Had it been my total decision I would have hired the majority of them solely because they do deserve a second chance. It does take courage to admit wrong doing, accept the consequences for those wrong doing and work not to make the same mistakes twice. I’m reminded of the two set of foot prints in the sand and the person asking god why when he turns around and no longer sees to set of foot prints has he left him. Gods reply is son when you no longer sees to set of footprints it’s not because I’ve left you it’s because I’m carrying you. It is not for us to question why god does the things that he does but for us to accept them as his will and rejoice behind him.

  143. NorthCarolinaBoy says: Dec 24, 2009 3:21 PM

    You sports writers need to get a grip. Stop being haters!!! You don’t know what someone will do until they do it. You can’t judge someone unless you have been there and you haven’t.

  144. drmcovert says: Dec 24, 2009 3:38 PM

    It is reporting like this that has completely turned me from reading articles on Yahoo. I am so sick of listening to BIAS reporting!! How in the heck do reporters like this remain employed??? With 10% unemployment rate out there, I am quite certain I could get a better article from a drunk with a 6th grade education. I cant wait for the day to see the article “I lost my job because I could only write about my OPINIONS instead of actually reporting.”
    Everyone is entitled to their opinion. But for it to be a main-line story on a major web site is too much for me. Perhaps if the Yahoo advertising clients started reading the garbage that was on the Yahoo page, they would think twice about sending their advertising dollars to Yahoo and creeps like Florio would enter that 10% that his “work” earned him towards.
    Yahoo News… What a rag!! Think I am going to have to switch my homepage to Google!!

  145. bigfootballfan says: Dec 24, 2009 3:46 PM

    I agree with northcarolinaboy. Vick has done his time for his mistake and we all know that he is one of the best player in the NFL. I think it was a great thing that his teammates nominated him. I think it will give him more encouragement to continue to do what he’s doing and keep up the good work. Instead of always dissing him all the time try getting a life of your own and write about that since that’s what you know most about. Sportswriters, comentaters, editorial writers, you need to walk in his shoes before you pass judgement on him. You have no idea what he has been through. Get off his back and get a life. WAY TO GO MICHAEL VICK KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!!!!!!

  146. tgaytria says: Dec 24, 2009 3:47 PM

    First of all I want to say congradulations to Vick! When is enough enough?? How much does this man have to do?? For those of you who live in this world after you have a trial you are sentenced. Then once you serve your time you have “PAID YOUR DEBT ” to society!! Vick deserves everything he works for from this point on. He owes nothing to anyone, but himself and GOD!! How many times has anyone who has written a blog on here made a mistake, or did something they were not proud of ???? We all make mistakes and do things we aren’t proud of, and are thirsty for forgiveness. So why is it so hard to let Vick drink from that same fountain ? All of a sudden we climb up passed our faults, then place ourselves on some kind of pedestal. Stop thinking you are better than Vick just because you feel like your mistakes isn’t as bad as the one he made. So know this, which ever God you serve if one at all that judgement will come to us all!! The God I serve is Jesus Christ, and I only pray that he will show you all more mercy, compassion, and forgiveness that you are willing to give Vick!!

  147. PCIII says: Dec 24, 2009 3:49 PM

    Perhaps if the media would make a bigger deal about a guy beating or killing his wife or some one else instead of a dog, this would not be an issue. Half the time the media needs to shut there mouth. I am an Eagles fan and from what I can see Vick has done well.

  148. flafan says: Dec 24, 2009 4:35 PM

    Florio,
    I don’t even have time for ignorance like you espouse. However, this bothered me so much I created an account just to respond. The men who play for the Eagles voted based on what they felt was right. Who are you to question them. Do you spend time with Vick like they do?
    I live out of state but attended a game in Philly this year. Watching small kids walk in to their first game with their dad only to see animal activists holding signs that buying a ticket is murder was part of that visit. What a way to ruin a young kids day. They are doing more harm to children than Vick ever did. I guess you like press good or bad and I hate even wasting my time with you, but you are ignorant. Vick paid his dues and if his teammates put him up for the award, they felt he deserved it and they are orders of magnitude more in tune with his character than you will ever be.

  149. flsun09 says: Dec 24, 2009 4:48 PM

    I could care a less bout football, Michael Vick or any of this sports crap but I really wanted to reply to this non sense! So what Michael Vick fought some dogs and some died. Do you say anything about that when your eating your chinese food? He paid his debt, it’s done, get over it! He who is without sin cast the first stone! I don’t even believe he should have gotten any jail time! Leave the man alone and find you some business! Get over it!

  150. Derek A Arnold says: Dec 24, 2009 5:17 PM

    I don’t condone animal cruelty in no shape, fashion, or form. And the same goes for human life regardless of race, gender, and sexual preference. However, on the big picture I believe human life holds greater value than an animal. Yet, our justice system and many people of the same mind believe its ok for a person to take another human life and serve 2-3 yrs while another person abuse or kill a animal and get the same amount of jail time if not more. Give Vick a break and stop judging him since he has alreay served his time.

  151. kennyb says: Dec 24, 2009 5:27 PM

    why is everyone so high on crapping on vick ..he did is time for crap thats been going on for 100′s of years..he’s a very good player ..better then mccrap..besides go after the real crulelty on animals that happens every freakin day..peace out

  152. billsfanaddict says: Dec 24, 2009 5:37 PM

    ooooohhhh Santa… u feel free to set up a meeting between me and him in his own home with no witness’ and i will still say it to his face, and offer to call his dad on my cell and tell him what i thought of his son while in front of the mass-murdering thug’s face.
    RU kidding? didnt you check my list twice? that was on it…”to tell MVick he is a scourge on society that should only barely arguably be allowed to continue living”.

  153. Nofoosballfan says: Dec 24, 2009 5:37 PM

    I believe he more than deserves this honor just 4 the courage he shows by listening 2 crap like this and still holding his head high enuff 2 continue 2 play. He served his time and paid his fines let it go already! This is the problem with the “media” now keep ya personal feelings 2 ya self! Congrats Mike Vick!

  154. billsfanaddict says: Dec 24, 2009 5:48 PM

    i mean if u perfer its done in front of the whole team ….. fine by me. Lets hold a press conference, i’m ready, my suit just got back from the dry cleaners, i cant wait!

  155. Peace Amos says: Dec 24, 2009 6:07 PM

    Is it not amazing that people are not GOD? Most people talk as if they have never made any mistake in their entire lives. If we are truly a nation that believes in God we will not be burring people alive when the stumble. When someone falls we should be lifting him/her up and if giving an award cuts it that is certainly a noble act in the sight of GOD. We should stop being holier than thou “Republicans”.

  156. Drock90 says: Dec 24, 2009 6:31 PM

    Wow a bunch of hate bashing queers is what it sounds like to me. Mike Vick not only has the courage to face the music to his charges, but he also owns up like a real man and goes back to the NFL spite all of the humiliation and tormenting he will receive from fags like you all. he has took his punishment, and nobody on this earth has the right to judge another man for anything he has done, let alone bash him with rude comments after he has paid his debt. none of you know his motives for the shear fact that you all don’t know mike vick on a personal level. who knows the man could have made a complete turn around from criminal acts and went to a straight life, and to me that takes courage. more courage than sitting at a computer desk and talking shit about a man that can do things you all could never dream of. instead of surrounding him with negativity lets show him support to make his path to righteousness a little easier.
    and whatever two bit writer started this article shame on you. you crossed all ethics of a writer.

  157. shagus says: Dec 24, 2009 6:35 PM

    So good to see that the vast majority of those that are commenting are supportive of Vick and his award. Like many have already said, Vick did his time…its over….let him live in peace….forgive and forget….and by the way Peace Amos, I am a Republican so don’t be a hypocrite and judge people you do not know…
    PETA and all the organizations like it are founded and funded by very small minded, jealous, insecure and insignificant people that are so close minded that they cannot see the forest for the trees nor have any of them ever accomplished much in their puny little lives.

  158. Tracy Stewart says: Dec 24, 2009 6:52 PM

    Thank God FINALLY, someone else feels the same way about this piece of sht of a so called man who is more than willing to abuse and torture animals for his own personal entertainment and financial gain…Like he doesn’t make enough money as it is… I am a huge NFL fan. That is the only sport that I would watch, but more and more these athletes who are unfortunately role models for our growing youth are only proving that if you are good at a sport you can get away with murder and still be able to play the game and entertain the masses. Yes I said murder, wether it be the murdering of animals or people. Those of you who are “Poor Poor Vick” can stick it up your ass….I am a proud owner of 2 beautiful pit bulls and what he has done makes me sick…I could never in a million years ever think of hurting these intelligent, loyal and amazing animals. They are fun loving and the definition of “man’s best friend”. My two are laying on my feet and lap and are wanting my attention away from the computer right now…So I will no longer spend anymore time defending the man who is NOT afraid of speaking what is on his mind and telling the truth…VICK IS an ASS and DEFINATELY DOES NOT deserve and freakin COURAGE award. Give me a break.

  159. BJ Frotten says: Dec 24, 2009 7:01 PM

    How can you say Forgive and Forget? Shagus do you own a Pit Bull? They are the most loving animal, and to make money of them the way Vick did is totally inhumane! Yeah I can forgive him, as you stated he did his time – but to forget – NO FREAKIN WAY! That is all he is going to be remembered by…..no one in a couple of years will remember he won a blocking award – but he made a name for himself being cruel, inhumane dog fighter! Only closed minded people would put him on a pedestal! Or should I say hearless people – anyone who can harm and animal or child regardless of their status – are crap! They did not ask to fight or die! For those of you who stick up for him….we all have to answer to one when it is time….I hope you conscious is free!

  160. sharona says: Dec 24, 2009 7:02 PM

    What Vick purposely and conscientiously did was wrong, wrong, wrong! There wasn’t anything 2 yrs ago and and there still is absolutely nothing about him now that says “roll model”. A life is a life…human or animal. He is not worthy of any award other than one for shaming himself and now his team. I never really cared one way or the other about the Eagles. Now I root for them every game…to lose :D
    P.S. I hardly doubt being a sports celebrity in a prison was really doing “hard” time. Just a temporary crimp in his selfish, abusing lifestyle. I would even bet a few loser prison thugs even patted him on the back and shook his hand. Are you sure it wasn’t his prison mates that voted for Vick?

  161. s_merwat says: Dec 24, 2009 7:18 PM

    I was going to direct this response to Mr. Florio until I came across the quoted “we think that the Ealges made such a huge mistake on this one”, which depressingly made me realize that this farce was some sort of consensus and not one man’s opinion.
    Regardless, I can’t understand how a group of individuals who undoubtedly haven’t had any primary contact with Mr. Vick, can justify this stance. You have dismissed the votes of an entire organization? Based on what? Given the fact these players interact with Mike Vick on a daily basis I would expect them to best be able to judge the character of Mr. Vick, not your staff.
    The fact of the matter is he acknowledged what he did, he conveyed his remorse, and he went to prison. He did what society’s lawful representatives asked of him, and was given another chance at the NFL.
    The first amendment grants you all the ability to express your views, but perhaps your talents would be better utilized in regards to situations in which your commentaries are somewhat documented. I can’t attest to the validity of Mr. Vick receiving this award, and certainly neither can your staff. If you’d like to write an article expressing your continual dislike of Mr. Vick’s past actions, by all means be our guests. However, when you document your opinions in an attempt to dismiss the view of an entire organization (one that is better placed to gauge the progression of Mr. Vick’s character), the article becomes a farce. Such a farce that an individual has to make an account and simply log-in to be able to post an extended four-paragraphed response.

  162. ahoward_90 says: Dec 24, 2009 9:15 PM

    I agree w/the statement made by s_merwat. I also signed up just to comment, and I am very disappointed in the arrogance of this article, as if anyone not in Mr. Vick’s inner-circle is in a position to make a character judgement. I believe that instead of condemning his efforts to redeem himself, we should be commending his maturity in taking responsibility for his actions and coming back to do what his fans still want to see, or at least acknowledging his progress and keeping the bias from actually doing damage to his career. Because I know if I went through a situation like this only to be chewed up for doing the right thing, it might take alot more character than I could muster to not take a look around, throw a couple fingers, and hold a press conference to personally tell anyone who boos me to go to hell. Now how about some of you ask yourselves how you’d feel and what you’d do if you were in his shoes.

  163. Favre On HGH says: Dec 24, 2009 9:21 PM

    Regardless, I can’t understand how a group of individuals who undoubtedly haven’t had any primary contact with Mr. Vick, can justify this stance. You have dismissed the votes of an entire organization? Based on what? Given the fact these players interact with Mike Vick on a daily basis I would expect them to best be able to judge the character of Mr. Vick, not your staff.
    _________________
    Unanimous vote for him to receive it, that can’t be a setup now could it?
    He is a polarizing figure and always will be, Leonard Weaver dedicates his off days to work directly with underprivileged youth, what the award is modeled after, and he didn’t get one vote?
    The vote was a sham to build his trade value.
    Some teams take it seriously and others don’t seem to.

  164. Favre On HGH says: Dec 24, 2009 9:22 PM

    Wow a bunch of hate bashing queers is what it sounds like to me.
    _____________
    Look up hypocrite in the dictionary.

  165. Favre On HGH says: Dec 24, 2009 9:26 PM

    I see Vick’s public relations firm has finally gotten a hold of this article. Bout time you guys showed up.

  166. Favre On HGH says: Dec 24, 2009 9:50 PM

    During puppy-killer-turned-Eagle Michael Vick’s interview, a reference was made to a team of PR and image consultants who were working to help rebrand Vick to the masses following his release from federal prison. One of the consultants shown was Washington, D.C.-based Judy Smith. Smith, a former White House press aide under the first President Bush, came under fire earlier this year while working for New York Gov. David Paterson, and was blamed for telling reporters that Caroline Kennedy would not be considered for Hillary Clinton’s vacated Senate seat due to problems related to taxes, her marriage and a nanny. Smith was reported in February to have orchestrated the public attacks on Kennedy and her character, though signs later pointed to Paterson as having approved of the leaked info. Smith did not return an e-mail yesterday asking when she started working with Vick and whether she was hired by him or by the Eagles organization. Eagles spokeswoman Pamela Browner-Crawley said the team is not footing the bill for any outside communications consultants. – Philadelphia Daily News

  167. billsfanaddict says: Dec 24, 2009 10:09 PM

    I asked myself….. and my answer was that i’d feel ashamed recieving it. i dont lie to myself, so i’d know i had yet to do enough to be celebrated and that i hadn’t struggled more than even 15% of the world at any point in my pampered life. It would, however, serve as a reminder to me to continue to do more good ((karma’s a bitch))… & then i’d try to find a low-key way to return the award or have it nominated to one of the other (from what ive heard) 4 good candidates on the team.

  168. Fed Up 09 says: Dec 24, 2009 10:11 PM

    Ok! The man did not kill humans.. How many children were killed today and we are still talking about animals. I don’t think what the man did was right however, how about we attempt to protect our kids from getting killed instead of worrying about Michael Vick and something he did years ago. How many people have eaten a big mac today or a piece of chicken from KFC. Those animals were killed too! I assume everyone with negative feelings against Vick has had a perfect life. GO EAGLES!!!

  169. ahoward_90 says: Dec 24, 2009 10:22 PM

    How about someone go over to the oriental part of the world and stop people from making dogs and cats into delicassies. Then, after you’ve protested this, come back and rescue a hundred pit bulls from bad homes and adopt them, then go volunteer Vick’s prison sentence in a Humane Society, then come back and comment. If you’re not part of the solution, you’re a part of the problem.

  170. gerad says: Dec 24, 2009 10:35 PM

    you may not think he displayed courage but you never been in his shoes either but i sure wish the rams had the courage to get a great player like vick but the dont so the fans suffer

  171. shaunypoo says: Dec 24, 2009 11:12 PM

    Would Vick still be dogfighting if he hadn’t gotten caught?
    He probably won the award because a majority of the players feel sorry that he can’t participate in their back alley Philadelphia dogfighing tournaments.

  172. ahoward_90 says: Dec 24, 2009 11:52 PM

    Maybe you’re just upset that one of Vick’s dogs beat your dog into the dirt?? LMAO

  173. Life says: Dec 25, 2009 1:51 AM

    Get a real job.

  174. AtomicShroom says: Dec 25, 2009 1:58 AM

    I love dogs and our dogs were always treated with respect and forgiveness when they chewed the rug. What Mike Vick did to those poor animals was horrible. Having said that, Vick has served his sentence and he has paid a huge price for the actions he took. But get over it, the Eagles and the NFL have given the man a second chance. End of story. Since most of us never heard of this award I believe the world will continue to turn and the sun will come up tomorrow. Merry Christmas to you, Mike Vick and all the people who received a second chance. Peace!

  175. billsfanaddict says: Dec 25, 2009 2:32 AM

    ahoward90… apples arent oranges, hunting & animal husbandry dont equal sociopathic/planned torture & dog-genocide, not getting arrested doesnt make someone an inheirantly good person AND giving up millions in signing bonuses that you earned the right to not keep isnt a terrible ordeal, considering, you know, as mike vick would say, that 95% of people that have ever lived have never even seen that much money.
    your continued misguided support of him makes those who have any human contact with you dumber by the minute i’m sure.

  176. flameslayer305 says: Dec 25, 2009 8:43 AM

    Vick deserves a second chance, as any man does. But, allowing his teammates to honor him with this award is a disgrace. He has far from redeemed himself either on the field or off yet. A role model he is not. We are talking about a man who’s own father stood up and told the world he warned to change his ways. This does show how out of line with normal thinking this was. The Eagles organization should be ashamed at allowing this. Vick, himself should have declined. That would have showed some character.

  177. Fort Worth Cajun says: Dec 25, 2009 8:45 AM

    Regardless of what any of us think about Vick, there is something no one has talked about…he will get his just rewards when he goes before God. In many of your opinions he has displayed great courage in coming back from prison and returning to the NFL. Gee Whiz…what else was he going to do…go flip burgers at McDonalds? In my opinion Vick is one of the worst human beings who ever walked this earth (yes, you might say I am an animal lover even though Pit Bulls do not rank high on my list of favorite dogs). However, my opinion doesn’t really matter. I would not want to be in his shoes when God opens His Book of Life and looks down upon Vick! So Vick, go on and accept all the awards given to you…but I hope you tremble with fear at night when you try to go to sleep thinking about what God is going to do with you come judgement day…AND THAT DAY IS COMING!!!

  178. Misty Mountain Girl says: Dec 25, 2009 10:02 AM

    I agree with Ft. Worth Cajun, Vic the Dick will have to meet his real maker and be judged. I am soooo glad I am not anything like him. He does not even deserve to be nominated. Are you people CRAZY ?
    You know that most people whom are cruel to animals also turn into serial Killers eventually
    Why doesn’t Michael Vic give a HUGE doantion to “Dog Town” Thay are the real heros with courage, saving and rehabilitating all of his PittBulls from the horrific things they were forced to do. As a Master Dog trainer I am sick to my stomache over this. He will always be a Dog Killing, masocist, in not only in my eyes, but in the eyes of everyone with morals, including the Lord. Do you people even understand how bad it really was?
    Pulling the teeth out of the females so they can be raped over and over to reproduce in a small cage. Some were dragged to fight, and they threw innocent, non fighting dogs in the ring for practice to be malled and discarded like trash. Shame on Vic the Dick, and anyone whom is on his side. Mike is a very mentally unstable person whom needs real help. If he gets the Awrad I will never watch Football again. What does that say about the Philadelphia Eagles ? I only hope that Mike will be malled by a pack of abused PittBulls, then we shall see how tough he is. He does not deserve to have an Award for courage, because he is the biggest COWARD of all !

  179. Favre On HGH says: Dec 25, 2009 10:22 AM

    Vick should graciously decline The Ed Block Courage Award
    Baltimore Ravens Blog has said he should decline the award. Significant since the awards ceremony is based in Baltimore.
    Vick’s award loses its luster the second he steps outside Eagles locker room
    Article written by Jim Litke, The Associated press appeared in the Baltimore Sun and Yahoo sports.
    Vick doesn’t deserve award for courage
    Philadelphia Inquirer Article points out:
    It is the players who vote, and the Eagles players selected Michael Vick.
    Not Jeremiah Trotter, who came out of retirement, accepted whatever role the coaches gave him and worked his way back into the starting lineup.
    Not Todd Herremans, who has played remarkably at both guard and left tackle after being forced to use a little cart under his left leg after knee surgery in September.
    Not Brian Westbrook, who had surgeries on his knee and ankle in the off-season and is trying to return after two concussions in one month.
    Not Antonio Dixon, a long-shot undrafted free agent defensive lineman who was homeless as a child.
    No. The Eagles chose to recognize Vick for “what he’s been through,” as head coach Andy Reid put it.
    Bleeding Green Nation
    BGN a Eagles Blog quotes Florio’s article and also adds:
    It’s understandable to want to honor a player attempting to turn his life around, but giving him an award based on preventing child abuse is not the way to do it.
    The local Philadephia papers were not alone in pointing out the Eagles had plenty of other deserving candidates to choose from — guys who were longshots just to make the NFL, or whose comebacks they judged more inspiring because the starting point was injury and not recklessness. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals predictably piled on, saying the decision by Vick’s teammates was “not appropriate and does not mark a joyous moment in NFL history.”

  180. Favre On HGH says: Dec 25, 2009 10:27 AM

    Dungy offers his “valuable insight” to Vick getting the award too. Compares it to the season reggie Wayne’s brother died. Is he serious?
    “The Ed Block Award is probably the most prestigious award in terms of the players, because they vote on it themselves. And it’s not for things that neceassarily happen on the field,” Dungy said. “It’s guys that overcome injuries. It’s guys that have personal problems off the field. I know Reggie Wayne won it one year for us, the year his brother died during the season. So there are things that players know that each other are going through that maybe the public doesn’t know, and to be voted on unanimously I think that says a lot.
    “I know it’s one Michael is proud of, and there didn’t seem to be any debate on that team who should get it.”

    Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/danpatrick/blog/91221/index.html?xid=si_nfl#ixzz0aiMtCkR7
    Vick Bounty and Related News

  181. eaglexfan says: Dec 25, 2009 3:51 PM

    the eagles team just dont get it way over their heads thats the scary part

  182. Favre On HGH says: Dec 25, 2009 11:30 PM

    As one of the biggest Vick haters that visits this here website I must say ya’lls are being a bit critical of Mr. Florio.
    He has taken the same stance as most respectable media outlets and called this a award a sham.
    Most every other Vick article has been unbiased towards Vick, and I have read them all. Got to a point where I started to hate Florio a bit.
    He promoted Vick’s official website unbiasedly even when it is obvious Vick didn’t write the article authored by him.
    He wrote about Vick’s ghost written blog entry on Russel Simmon’s site which was supposed to be written by Vick as well, but obviously wasn’t.
    Yada, yada.
    Stop throwing rocks at everyone who says something bad about your convicted felon hero. You’re gonna run out of rocks soon.

  183. Bwell says: Dec 26, 2009 10:30 AM

    I read a few of your replies about Vick and his nomination for the courage award and that in itself says that he qualifies. Some of you Christian types don’t seem very Christian as you set in judgement. The real deal is opinions are like A–holes everybody has one. His teammates thought he should be nominated and they are the ones who vote, so why don’t you nay sayers shut the f— up and get a life. The real shame is there is no room in your heart to truly forgive. I bet you are the same people that allow your kids to talk back to you.

  184. NFLMMAfan says: Dec 26, 2009 3:51 PM

    The directors of the Ed Block Foundation are compelled to take action! Pull the right of teams to vote for their own winner.

  185. billsfanaddict says: Dec 27, 2009 11:15 AM

    good thing i’m agnostic otherwise i might worry that a superhero-ghost was watching to make sure i forced my beliefs onto others.
    Watch the movie Dogma, religion is a tool that people decern to mean whatever is conivenent to them at the appropriate times.
    Chirstians r decendants of genocidal sociopaths ((“so, i hear ur unsure about wanting to believe in my god. die!”)), so ru all Vick’s kids? is this why u defend him so vigorously?
    Dont come onto a football website preaching to peps about “being good christians”… there are good buddhists, jews, muslims, atheists, marxists & communists too buddy. Doesnt every felon in this country “find jesus” or wear/tattoo a cross on their person? not impressed! spouting off about ones religious beliefs does not make them “holier than thou”.
    Get Off Your Pedestal, Walk To Your River Of Tears, Build A Bridge And Get Over Yourself

  186. Favre On HGH says: Dec 28, 2009 10:58 PM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5oPt4VUOBc

  187. yem123 says: Jan 3, 2010 9:25 PM

    if you are taking lessons in philosophy from Dogma…. good luck in life.

  188. scott121763 says: Jan 8, 2010 4:49 PM

    scum, pure and simple…………..he always has been and always will be just that and nothing more.

  189. UckTheFeagles says: Jan 13, 2010 12:25 PM

    Regardless of what team you are a fan of, how can ANYONE make excuses for this piece of trash? It must be true, you philly fans really are scum…what’s next? If the eagles hired a convicted pedofile are you going to tell us all how we are supposed to forgive and forget??

  190. anton_chigur says: Jan 15, 2010 10:05 AM

    Smack my Vick up…
    Where are you?

  191. this class sucks says: Jan 20, 2010 7:09 PM

    @bwell
    What? Your comment makes no sense.

  192. robhug71 says: Jan 21, 2010 7:18 PM

    It’s no secret that many NFL players thought Vick should not have been imprisoned for “just ” killing dogs. I am sure many players from around the league participated in dogfighting and dog killings as guests of Vick. And as reward for Vick taking the fall, not pointing fingers and keeping his mouth shut, Vick was given another job by the league, and the players gave Vick some sort of an award. The NFL is filled with creeps, crooks, coverups and cheats; look no farther than in New England.

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