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Lurie Gets Praise From The President

The scintillating comeback season of Michael Vick has been, for the most part, the story of this NFL season. In fact, Vick's resurgence has been such national news that it's drawn a reaction from the President of the United States himself. According to Peter King of Sports Illustrated, Barack Obama called Eagles Owner Jeffrey Lurie to offer his support of the Eagles' decision to provide Vick with a second chance.

"The president wanted to talk about two things, but the first was Michael,'' Lurie told King. "He said, 'So many people who serve time never get a fair second chance. He was ... passionate about it. He said it's never a level playing field for prisoners when they get out of jail. And he was happy that we did something on such a national stage that showed our faith in giving someone a second chance after such a major downfall."

Obama also conveyed his pleasure with the Eagles' plans for the first fully self-generated alternative-energy stadium in the country.

"It's good business for us, which is the point,'' Lurie told King. "We talked about policy and what he hopes can happen with alternative energy, and he raved about us being the first to put a plan like this in place."

So as the Eagles prepare for Tuesday night's showdown against the Vikings, it's good to know they have the President in their corner. However, that may not last too long if a certain playoff rematch comes to fruition. You see, Obama is a die-hard Chicago Bears fan.

-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 9:57 a.m., December 27*

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