Dallas hands over the keys to Vick

February, 8, 2011
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IRVING, Texas -- In case you haven't heard, an overzealous Dallas councilman was moved by Michael Vick's speech to local at-risk kids to the point he reached in his pocket and handed the Eagles quarterback a key to the city. The Mayor of Dallas quickly issued a statement distancing his office from this offer.

ESPNDallas.com's Calvin Watkins, a longtime colleague of mine, thinks Councilman Dwaine Caraway made a mistake in recognizing Vick in such a manner. He listed several worthy candidates, although I'm still scratching my head as to why we should honor Greg Anthony.

I've lived in North Texas most of my life and I'm just fine with Vick having a key to our community. Yes, it seems odd to honor a player from the Cowboys' most hated rival who was sent to prison for running an illegal dogfighting operation. But Vick now has a powerful message and he seems to be using his NFL platform to help reach out to kids across the country. It seems petty to complain this much about who gets a key to our city.

And I still think Detroit wins out when it comes to curious decisions involving keys.

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