Somalia Takes Issue with Michael Vick's Ed Block Courage Award

Jared ShermanContributor IDecember 24, 2009

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 06:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on from the sidelines during their 34-7 win over the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on December 6, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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By voting for Michael Vick to win the team's Ed Block courage award, the Eagles as a team have let us all down. To honor a man who is trying to regain his once lofty standing in the NFL because he was in jail for killing dogs is a slap in the face to any player, front office executive, or fan who has truly endured a life-altering struggle.

And to add insult to injury, this is what Vick had to say about receiving the award:

"I've had to overcome a lot, probably more than one single individual can handle or can bear. You 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."

Really? I think the ENTIRE population of Somalia begs to differ on your assertion that 95 percent of the world hasn't had it as hard as you. Shoot, open the Philadelphia Inquirer every morning and I can find 20 people who've had it rougher than Vick had it. Unless there were countless ass-rapings in federal prison that we don't know about, the fact he had three meals a day, a roof over his head, and his health put him in the top 10 percent of the world in terms of having it pretty darn good.

I am the first person to say Vick paid his dues for what he did, but to throw a quote like that out there makes it hard to stomach. Whatever happened to saying how honored you are for receiving the award from your teammates and thanking all the people who have helped him become a useful member of society again?

When asked for a comment about Vick's award and statement 7-year-old leukemia patient Sarah Davis summed it up best, "F*ck you."