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Surround yourself with positive people,
energy, and situations;
always avoid negativity.


Life is too short to wake up with regrets.
So, love the people who treat you right.

Forgive, and then forget about the ones who don't.

Monday, December 28, 2009

The Ed Block Courage Award

Ed Block was a hero in many ways. Under General Patton in World War II, he earned a Purple Heart. As an athletic trainer, he was a master in his chosen field. As a person, he was compassionate and giving.

Ed graduated from the University of Missouri with his master's degree in 1937. He initially began his career as a high school athletic trainer/coach in 1938 at Hancock High School in St. Louis, Missouri. After being drafted into the US Army in 1942, Ed advanced from the rank of Private to 1st Lieutenant and earned distinction with General George Patton's Tank Corp during World War II.

After discharge from the Army in 1947 he served as Head Athletic Trainer and physical education instructor at Washington University.

In 1951, he returned to college and completed his doctorate in rehabilitation and earned a degree in physical therapy from Columbia University.

The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of neglected children and ending the cycle of abuse. The purpose is to raise Awareness and Prevention of child abuse. That objective is coupled with the Foundation's commitment to celebrating players of inspiration in the NFL.

The Ed Block Courage Award is named in honor of Ed Block, the longtime head athletic trainer of the Baltimore Colts who was a pioneer in his profession and a respected humanitarian. The award is a yearly honor given to those NFL players who "exemplify commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage."

Block sounds like a wonderful man who would be insulted by the fact that Philadelphia Eagles player Michael Vick was voted unanimously by his teammates to receive the Ed Block Courage Award this year.

How much courage does it take to torture defenseless dogs and be involved in the "sport" of dog-fighting? How does this behavior make him qualified to assist abused children? I also see no reason to celebrate his character.

Even more disturbing are Vick's comments:

“It means a great deal to me. 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.

“I’ve overcome a lot, more than probably one single individual can handle or bear,” Vick said. “You ask certain people to walk through my shoes, they probably couldn’t do. 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 put myself in and decisions I have made, whether they have been good or bad.

“There’s always consequences behind certain things and repercussions behind them, too. And then you have to wake up every day and face the world, whether they perceive you in the right perspective, it’s a totally different outlook on you. You have to be strong, believe in yourself, be optimistic. That’s what I’ve been able to do. That’s what I display.”

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said the 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.”

As always, I look forward to your comments and opinions.

Hey, Vick, we've got an award for you:

Happy Trails,


Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...


'He' still doesn't get it -

AND 'he' nevFUR will -

PeeEssWoo: Mom is so glad she gave up watching the E***** AND the rest of the N** this year...

Sonic said...

Michael Vick is right about one thing though. 95% of the humans in this world probably could not do what he did to those dogs. Probably because they're still HUMAN.

My Momma and Pops will never watch an Eagles game again.


Stella, Gunther & Betty said...

Ms. K, bravo for your post.

Vick makes me sick. The fact he was allowed back into the NFL after serving his time bothers me, let alone he's now being nominated for the Ed Block Courage Award. What is wrong with people???

Sam said...

Yeah, I thought this was ABSOLUTELY ridiculous. I was looking at some of the other acceptance speeches of people who said they were humbled, or felt they didn't deserve it, etc., but all Vick could think to say was that most people couldn't walk in his shoes. For real?

I'm so over this guy.

Gloria said...

Thanks for sharing this. Vick is one big JERK! And your're right, Pee pee on him! To many sick people in this world.

The Thundering Herd said...

I really thought this was a joke when I first saw it on Facebook. Stunned does not even begin to describe my reaction. The only thing it proves to me is how isolated from the rest of the world professional athletes have become that NOT A SINGLE PLAYER voted against Vick.

kks said...

Vick, what an ass.....i love the award you gave him! i don't think he's learned a darn thing!!
like he is still suffering?! i think he should get an award to work in a humane society for a few years...cleaning kennels, and going to schools to educate children on the issues of animal welfare....maybe then he might begin to understand.....

Anonymous said...

I was stunned when I read that his teammates voted him that award. People act like that anyone who serves time (no matter for what) and then returns to what he was doing is a hero. Incarceration can change people, but it doesn't seem like it did anything for Vick. Good, timely post! SH

Madi and Mom said...

Kit thank you for all the information!!! Very informative
I know my hubby will enjoy reading it too.
Madi and Mom

KB said...

I agree, and I love the award that you gave him. What a ridiculous notion - that Vick would get an award for courage? It sounds like his teammates are as messed up as he is.

Andrea said...

This makes me angry! He says, "you know what I have been through"..he definitely does NOT get it. What about those innocent creatures he TORTURED with NO REMORSE! He would still be doing it if he had not been caught!


Kathy said...

I am with your little graphic at the end of your blog! SUMS IT UP!!
How in the world could they vote for Vick?! That's insane! GRRRRRR

JackDaddy said...

He will always think that he's the victim. He's clueless.

Kari in WeHo said...

this makes me sick

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Twinkietinydog said...

What a lovely award... the one in the end. I think it sums it up for me. Great post, thank you.

alaskanarcticexpedition said...

Yuck! What were his teammates thinking?

dewdana said...

I am a sort of overly trusting person and was willing to listen when he said he has changed. Obviously someone else was speaking for him when he was begging to make a comeback. It is very clear when he speaks for himself that he has not changed and not gotten it. In his mind all the difficulties he is talking about were caused by him getting caught not by the horrible things he did. Disgusting. I do believe (or want to) that people can change but he clearly has not. In some ways he is more dangerous than ever because he has lured some trusting people into believing in him. Thanks for sharing this most sickening but enlightening news.
Peeing on him would be more than he deserves, I guess finding an animated gif of a dog pooping would be pretty difficult though ;-)

Ninny said...

Well said! Tootie has an award for Vick, too. But it's on her potty paper....


Gus, Louie and Callie said...

We agree with you. We don't think he should have even been considered for the award...

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Sierra Rose said...

Geeeeeez! Pretty crazy stuff. What a wonderful award, and how ##!!@@**^#! that it went to M.V.
Arg! That's what we say.

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose and mom

animal lover, quilt lover said...

I agree I agree with you Kit!!!!
You said it right, Kit!!!!
He hasn't changed, he just got caught!! If he thought he could get away with it he would be dog fighting again !!!!
Big hugs and belly rubs, for the pups, Bambi and Fern

Alex93andme said...

Just his name makes me absolutely sick on my stomach. It would seem that since his teammates got it for him, they really don't have any brains at all. What I feel and think about him and his team along with the NFL for taking him back....I cannot write on this blog. I do love the award you gave him and can sure think of many more he should get...after I clean up the back yard from my doggie poo!

Anonymous said...

Keep posting stuff like this i really like it