December 13, 2010
If you can't beat 'em, get their autograph.
That was the motto of Dallas Cowboys running back Tashard Choice(notes) Sunday night. After his team was beaten by the Philadelphia Eagles, the 26-year-old running back sought out Michael Vick(notes) to ask for his autograph on a glove. Vick was happy to oblige:
Choice later told The Dallas Morning News that the autograph was for his 2-year-old nephew, who is a big Vick fan. He said:
"My little nephew says he's his brother. My little nephew is 2 years old, so I had to get one for him. I just admire somebody who comes from those circumstances and comes back and proves everybody wrong. I've got nothing but respect for him."
Vick didn't mind the request. "That's probably the first time that's ever happened to me," he said. "But [Choice] is a great guy. It doesn't surprise me." The two have known each other since Choice was introduced to Vick while a player at Georgia Tech.
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The move has led to the predictable hand-wringing amongst fans who expect players to dislike opposing players as much as they do, but that's a silly reaction. Choice knows Vick and wanted to do something nice for a child in the family. It's not like he asked him to pose for a bust that he was going to display in the Cowboys locker room.
There are plenty of things Cowboys fans should be frustrated about on Monday morning. This isn't one of them.
And, you have to say, Choice's nephew is going to get an awesome gift. How many other kids at day care will be able to boast of having a Michael Vick-signed glove? But if I may give my young friend some advice, don't be satisfied with just the glove. Uncle Tashard is pocketing a half-million dollars this year in salary. Don't let him get away with giving you something he got for free. You should also be getting a pretty sweet Lego set at the very least.
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