Saturday, February 5, 2011

Vick Wins Award, Players Combat Bullies

Today, the Associated Press named Eagles quarterback Michael Vick its Comeback Player of the Year, and it's clearly well deserved. After spending nearly two years in prison and being released by the Atlanta Falcons, Vick was picked up by the Eagles as a third-string backup. He spent a year behind McNabb and Kolb in Philly before the dramatic shakeup that was the 2010 season. Vick went his first six starts with no interceptions, and had only six to finish out the season. Unfortunately, his final interception ended the game against the Super Bowl-bound Packers and the Eagles' hopes for the Lombardi Trophy in 2010.Vick's amazing performance on the field brought him the well deserved Comeback award, and he was surpassed only by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for the Offensive Player of the Year award. With the Eagles expected to franchise Vick for the 2011 season, he hopes to maintain and surpass the feats accomplished this year as he helps the Eagles rebuild from a tumultuous season.

In other Eagles news, Desean Jackson, Todd Herremans, and Jamaal Jackson surprised Nadin Khoury, a 13 year-old boy from Upper Darby, with a visit and gifts. In early January, Khoury was assaulted and brutally beaten by a group of seven boys, ages 16 - 17. The incident has been referenced as a part of the bullying problem with teens that has gotten national news coverage recently. The players met Khoury on the TV show The View, where he was being interviewed about the videos of him being bullied and beaten that had appeared on YouTube. Jackson encouraged Khoury to stay strong, saying "...anything ever happen again, you let us know, we got you," refering to himself and the two linemen. Khoury told Jackson that he idolized the Eagles receiver in an emotional moment.

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