Saturday, December 26, 2009
Gotta question the Eagles' players choice of Mike Vick for the Ed Block Courage Award. How was he courageous? The award criteria the players are supposed to use in voting are 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."
C'mon, Donovan and Andy. Help us understand why this is isn't some pity party about the "the man" keeping Vick down. His humble and mature words on winning the award: "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." Nice. In what way would they have been good? If you didn't get caught?
The guy obviously learned little from the consequences of his actions. No remorse. This was not a one-time bad decision, but a 6 year pattern/way of life that he chose. Not some "position he was put into." The guy's a lost case morally, a talented-for-now player, and a not-so-accurate passer who just doesn't "get" reading defensive pass coverage, sad story that we will watch fade to its sad conclusion sooner rather than later unless he learns to be a QB. Speed goes long before the arm does - but you have to be an NFL-level passer to maker your living on your arm instead of your legs.
That said, his current team is playing very well and this year is his best shot (probably ever) to get a SuperBowl ring.
Presuming he does not return to Philly (as most do), where do you think Vick might end up?