By Matt Leon

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Philadelphia Tribune has chosen Michael Vick as its ‘Top Sports Story’ for 2010.

Donald Hunt, sportswriter for the Tribune, says, “Vick has been the most compelling story in sports today.  He’s put together an outstanding season — being named to the Pro Bowl and leading the Eagles to the NFC Eastern Division Title. And he’s a man who is making the best of his opportunity after paying a heavy price for his involvement with dogfighting. Michael Vick is basically rewriting his story, not only on the field, but off the field and for that he should be recognized for those efforts.”

Hunt says Vick beat out an impressive field for this honor. “It’s been a huge year in sports in Philadelphia. Obviously with Donovan McNabb (being traded), the Phillies and Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee and Tiger Woods coming back to the Philadelphia area and playing at Aronimink.  So he was up against some really talented people and some really big stories.”

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But when it was all said and done, Hunt says their choice had to be Vick, “His appeal is so strong.  A couple of weeks ago when the Philadelphia 76ers played the Los Angeles Lakers he came to the game and they gave him a standing ovation. And you’re talking about a night when the two-time champion Los Angeles Lakers with Kobe Bryant are in to play the 76ers.  So there is certainly a lot of interest in Michael Vick.”

Vick has passed for 3,018 yards and 21 touchdowns this season for the Eagles while rushing for an additional 676 yards and nine scores.

Reported by Matt Leon, KYW Newsradio

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