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Football Player Vic Rescues Dog

Updated on April 22, 2013

Me and my friend Vic

Sid and Vic - he's the tall one
Sid and Vic - he's the tall one | Source

We meet a dog

My friend Vic and I went out for a walk. I'm a 50-year-old white-haired white guy recovering from an infection, and he's a 27-year-old skinny black guy with a shaved head, 6' 4, who used to be a high school football player. I guess maybe we make quite a picture walking down streets of 50-year-old small homes in an old Florida neighborhood.

Suddenly, Vic turned. I saw his startled expression and turned at the same time, to see two dogs charging towards us. One of them was a harmless little skinny tan thing. The other was pure muscle, solid brown, and, if not a pit bull, then a pit bull's big cousin.

The huge bulldog charged me. Fortunately, he was a happy fellow, just excited to see me, and not prone to jumping up. Jumping up, he could have laid me flat without trying. And I had my wife's training in how to say hello to dogs. So all was well between us. Meanwhile, the tiny little critter - about the size of a football - tackled Vic joyfully, and the four of us danced together until the owner showed up.

The owner, an athletic guy, had his hands full getting a hold on the bulldog's collar and reining him in. It was a close match, and the dog had the upper hand at first. The little tan critter saw his chance for freedom, and bolted.

The dog owner, thinking of safety, declined my offer to hold the bulldog, and said he'd better take him inside. Vic yelled "I'll get the other one" and dashed off. I stood around being friendly, which, given one of my legs doesn't work very well, was about all I could do.

Defensive Tackle Pass Recovery

Back on the college football team, Vic was a defensive safety. It was his job to see which receiver was open, chase after him, get in front of him, and get the ball (or knock it to the ground). Well, that day, he was using all his talents. The little football of a dog had a head start of about half a block. Vic dashed after him - pure speed. The football stopped and turned back, probably to laugh at us, and Vic was brought up short. He was trying to grab the dog, but the way it was jumping, and the way he was stepping in, Vic was honestly afraid he'd crush the dog before he caught him.

But Vic was quick. He swooped up the football - I mean the dog - and jogged back to meet us. He came up about the time the dog owner came out, leaving the bulldog safely behind a closed door.

Good thing Vic knew better than to give the little mutt a victory bounce!

Our neighborhood

The dog ran off to the right
The dog ran off to the right | Source

Vic earns back his good name

These days, it's not easy being a black football player named Vic. My friend gets endless Michael Vick jokes, and one young woman at his job - a dog lover - gets upset every time she hears the name Michael Vick.

But Vic has earned back his own name - Vic Dean, dog rescuer, not Michael Vick, dogfight organizer. Vic used his football talents to rescue that dog, and I'm glad to call him my friend.

Michael Vick, if you're out there listening, I hope you hear this. We really appreciate your work teaching young men not to get into dog fighting. There are good signs you've learned your lesson and cleaned up your act. I hope its true. I hope you use your football talents as wisely as your namesake, Vic Dean, the dog-rescuing football player, does.

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      Sid Kemp 5 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      Hi Jessie. I understand what you are saying. It is hard to believe, and the transformation is rare. But people have even gone from being terrorists to being legitimate winners of the Nobel Peace Prize. And I honor Michael Vick's lifelong commitment to working to stop dog fighting by young men in our cities. Whatever is in his heart, his current actions are worthy of acknowledgement and appreciation.

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      Jessie Whitmire 5 years ago

      I too get upset whenever I hear the other Vic's name. I find it hard to believe that someone who tortures animals will ever be a normal and healthy part of society. This is a cute story and it sounds like you have a good friend.

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      Sid Kemp 5 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      Love, harmlessness, and compassion are indeed innate in all of us. The lesson, I think, is unlearning greed, hate, and confusion.

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      H C Palting 5 years ago from East Coast

      Great story to share. Michael Vick is from the Hampton Roads area here in VA. A lot of people still don't want to claim him here but it seems he's learned his lesson. To me, it really appears that lesson should be innate in all of us. Voted up and awesome.

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      Sid Kemp 5 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      Hi Linda - I'll give my friend Vic the message! And I do hope that, as a dog lover, you can appreciate what Michael Vick is doing now - two public talks a month, encouraging youth at risk not to get involved in dog fighting, and at his own expense. I'm not asking you to forgive the past, just, perhaps, to appreciate the present.

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      lindacee 5 years ago from Arizona

      You had me going there, SidKemp! Enjoyed the story and the message. You can tell Vic he has a new fan, but I can't say the same for Vick. Dogs and dog lovers rule!

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      Sid Kemp 5 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      When it comes to dogs, you never know what's coming at you!

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      KrisL 5 years ago from S. Florida

      I just laughed when I read this hub!

      Those little dogs are the ones you have to watch out for!