WATERCOOLER CHAT: MICHAEL VICK GETS AWARD FOR COURAGE

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59086179Michael Vick certainly seems as if he is turning his life around. After 18 months in a federal prison for his role in dogfighting, Vick (former 3 time pro-bowler as a quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons) Vick’s new Philadelphia Eagles teammates awarded him the Ed Block courage award.  The award symbolizes sportsmanship and courage.

Of course, not everyone is happy with Vick’s award. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) issued the following statement:

“The Philadelphia Eagles fumbled when they gave Michael Vick the Ed Block Courage Award, which was named after a man who advocated in behalf of abused children.  Michael Vick should not be the person anyone points to as a model of sportsmanship, even though he has now exchanged dogs for touchdowns after serving time for extreme cruelty to animals. We wish him well in educating others, but this is not appropriate and does not mark a joyous moment in NFL history.”

Even though PETA doesn’t believe he’s worthy of a second chance, Vick has been working hard toward re-building his reputation. He has spent time with the Humane Society of the United States as well as speaking to groups about his mistakes. “It was a big obstacle proving I’m worthy of a second chance,” Vick said.

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