Michael Vick has a way of making other NFL players look ordinary during a game, then turning them into fans once the game is over.
As we mentioned last night in our game recap, Cowboys running back Tashard Choice asked Vick to sign his glove after the game so Choice could give it to his nephew.
“My little nephew is two years old, so I had to get one for him,” Choice said. “I just admire somebody who comes from those circumstances and comes back and proves everybody wrong.”
After the game, embarrassed Cowboys fans took to message boards and Twitter insisting Choice had a charity called “Helping Hands,” where he auctioned off signed game-worn gloves. The only problem: The charity doesn’t exist. Even Vick said the timing of the request was unusual.
“That’s probably the first time that’s ever happened to me,” Vick said. “But [Choice] is a great guy. It doesn’t surprise me.”
Choice and Vick know each other from Choice’s days at Georgia Tech, when Vick was in Atlanta. Getting an autograph isn’t so odd, but the timing was.
“Getting autographs isn’t unusual for NFL players, but you usually do it outside the locker room or before the game,” Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports said. “Not after you just lost.”
Choice apparently got a lot of grief from Cowboys fans after the game, and apologized on Twitter Monday morning. He called it an “innocent gesture” for his nephew. We agree it’s not a big deal.
Still, there seems to be something going on with JerryWorld and NFC East rival quarterback’s autographs. Eli Manning signed the locker room and pissed off Cowboys players. Vick’s signature upset Cowboys fans.
Your turn, Donovan.