The Ed Block Courage Award “symbolizes professionalism, great strength and dedication.” The winner of the award is a “community role model.” Michael Vick, who was sent to jail for participating in dog fighting, got out of jail in February 2009. There was chaos and some protests when the Philadelphia Eagles signed him. Now, he receives the Ed Block Courage award.
Are you kidding me?
The award is supposed to go to someone who is an inspiration. Michael Vick is not an inspiration. Michael Vick shouldn't even be in the NFL.
But alas, Michael Vick's teammates voted that he should receive the award.
The Pittsburgh Steelers gave it to Aaron Smith, whose son, Elijah, has acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He deserves this award. The Cleveland Browns awarded it to Mike Furrey, who helps out at the Cleveland Foodbank, Cleveland Christian Home, and Cleveland Clinic Rehab Hospital. He deserves this award. But Michael Vick? What has he done? Are we awarding the fact that he got a second chance and had the “courage” to come back to playing football? Oh, yeah, that's the same thing as what the other 31 men who received the award did.
It's one thing to argue that Michael Vick should be allowed back into the NFL. It could go either way and it seems like every one has their own opinion on it. I am not a member of PETA, but I do side with them. There are just some things that players do that should forbid them to play in the NFL. Dog fighting is one of them. But I think everyone can agree that Vick does not have good character. It makes it seem like he is a good role model, which he isn't. If I had kids, there would be no way that my children would be anywhere near a Michael Vick jersey.
I'm a lifelong Steelers fan. My father went to college in Pittsburgh, so the Steelers were always encouraged in my house. If Troy Polamalu participated in dog fighting, I'd never want him to win an award for courage or even to play in the NFL again. That's just ridiculous.
The Philadelphia Eagles made a huge mistake by giving this to Michael Vick. This award has become a total joke. It's an embarrassment, really.