The Ed Block Courage Award banquet last night did not have the drama of a year ago when Michael Vick was the choice by his Eagles teammates.
That does not mean that Vick was not a subject of conversation, especially with Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg being named the assistant coach of the year, largely for his work with Vick.
"We're all excited," Mornhinweg told National Football Post. "He's had a year under his belt in our system to bank on. I really think he's so talented that if he does it the right way he could end up being one of the greatest of all time. He's got another step to take to do that."
"I've been impressed with a lot of things with Mike. That mentality he has right now is whatever it takes to win the next game and it doesn't matter how it gets done. And the leadership qualities he has, I've been very impressed with as well."
Mornhinweg also lauded Vick for having the "right frame of mind."
"All he cares about is winning the next game," the coordinator said.
After heading to Atlantic City to pick up the player of the year award from the Maxwell Club on Friday, Michael Vick headed to Kansas City to receive the NFC Offensive Player of the Year award at the 101 Football Awards Banquet. Vick's presenter was his mentor Tony Dungy.
"It was quite a thrill and somewhat ironic because we first got together two years ago at Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary, just outside of Kansas City," Dungy wrote on his blog. "I couldn’t help but reflect on how things had changed for Mike in two years. He has gotten back to being a great player on the field, but more than that, he’s doing a great job with his family and also doing many hours of community service, talking to young people about making good decisions, and trying to help them avoid some of the mistakes he made. I have really been proud of Michael and how he has grown in the last two years."
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