(This story originally appeared on www.espn.com)
ARLINGTON, Texas — Dallas Cowboys running back Tashard Choice accomplished one goal Sunday night: He got Michael Vick’s autograph.
Choice approached Vick after the Eagles’ 30-27 win at Cowboys Stadium and asked him to sign a glove. The MVP candidate granted the request.
"That’s probably the first time that’s ever happened to me," Vick said of an opposing player’s request after a game. "But (Choice) is a great guy. It doesn’t surprise me." Click Here to see video
Choice, who rushed for 16 yards on seven carries and had a 17-yard reception in the loss, said he has known Vick for years. They became acquainted when Choice attended Georgia Tech and Vick played for the Atlanta Falcons.
The autograph, according to Choice, was for a young family member who is a big fan of Vick.
"My little nephew says he’s his brother," Choice said Sunday night. "My little nephew is 2 years old, so I had to get one for him. I just admire somebody who comes from those circumstances and comes back and proves everybody wrong. I’ve got nothing but respect for him."
On Monday morning, however, Choice seemed to regret making the request, which was shown on NBC’s national broadcast.
"I don’t want anybody to think I was disrespectful," Choice told ESPNDallas.com. "My teammates, coaches and Jerry (Jones) know where my heart is. I care about football. I meant no disrespect."