Eagles' Vick wins Ed Block Courage Award

NFL Notes

Teammates honor Eagle for courage, sportsmanship

  • "It means a great deal to me," quarterback Michael Vick says. "I was voted unanimously by my teammates. They know what I've been through. I've been through a lot."
"It means a great deal to me," quarterback Michael… (AP photo )
December 24, 2009|By From Sun news services

Michael Vick's peers appreciate his tough journey back to the NFL.

Vick won the Ed Block Courage Award, voted on by his teammates on the Philadelphia Eagles. The once-disgraced star quarterback returned to the league after spending 18 months in a federal prison for his role in a dogfighting ring.

"It means a great deal to me," Vick said Wednesday. "I was voted unanimously by my teammates. They know what I've been through. I've been through a lot. It's been great to come back and have an opportunity to play and be with a great group of guys. I'm just ecstatic about that, and I enjoy every day."

A three-time Pro Bowl selection in six seasons with Atlanta, Vick has played sparingly with the Eagles. He has two touchdowns rushing and one passing in 12 games.

The Ed Block Award, named for the longtime athletic trainer of the Baltimore Colts, honors players who exemplify commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage. All 32 NFL teams select a recipient, and each winner will be honored at an awards ceremony in Baltimore on March 9.

Jaguars: Former Jacksonville running back Fred Taylor says the team might find itself in Los Angeles.

Taylor, who played with the Jaguars from 1998 until being released after the 2008 season, challenged Jaguars fans during a conference call Wednesday by saying the team probably would be better off moving.

"Sometimes the truth hurts," said Taylor, who gets his first crack at his old team when he and the Patriots host the Jaguars this week. "It can be played either way in that [if] the fans want the team to stay there, they have to show that they want the team to stay there."

Taylor said the league has made it clear a team eventually will be in Los Angeles and because of attendance problems, the Jaguars might be the choice.

"I don't know what's going to be a decision maker or breaker, but you look at average attendance and whatever have you [and] at the end of the day they're going to find a team to take out there," he said. "I don't want to offend anyone. Never do, but you've got to be realistic."

BILLS: Safety Jairus Byrd, who leads the NFL with nine interceptions, will require surgery to repair a groin injury, putting an end to his season. ... An ankle injury prevented starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick from practicing Wednesday, opening the possibility for third-stringer Brian Brohm to make his NFL debut at Atlanta this weekend. ... Defensive end Aaron Schobel is thinking about retirement after this season because he's frustrated after nine years of missing the playoffs and worried he has lost a step as the team's top pass rusher.

PANTHERS: The team said a man impersonating left tackle Travelle Wharton has defrauded a handful of people out of about $25,000. Panthers director of security Gene Brown said that the man has an identification card with Wharton's name and has been able to dupe "about four or five people" into investment scams.

RAIDERS: Quarterback Charlie Frye has been cleared to play after sustaining a concussion against Denver last week and will start Sunday's game against his former team, the Browns.

VIKINGS: Quarterback Brett Favre said he and coach Brad Childress have resolved their differences. Favre reportedly wasn't pleased with the freedom he was getting to run the Vikings offense, and Childress wasn't happy that Favre was changing plays so frequently.

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