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Vick wins courage award

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Michael Vick has won the Ed Block Courage

Award, voted on by his teammates on the Philadelphia Eagles.

The once-disgraced star quarterback returned to the NFL after

spending 18 months in a federal prison for his role in a

dog fighting ring. He's played sparingly with the Eagles, running

for two touchdowns and throwing for another in 12 games.

The Eagles were criticized by animal rights activists for

signing Vick less than a month after he was released from prison.

Dozens of protesters voiced their outrage outside the team's

practice facility the day after Vick was signed, and many fans

threatened to give up their tickets.

But Vick got a warm reception in his first game with the Eagles

and by most accounts has been a model citizen off the field.