- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 15, 2010

IRVING, TEXAS (AP) - Cowboys running back Tashard Choice says his teammates have no issue with him for getting the autograph of Eagles quarterback Michael Vick after a loss.

That doesn’t keep them from picking on Choice about it.

While Choice was talking to reporters Wednesday, tight end Martellus Bennett was smiling when he held out a clean, balled-up pair of white socks in front of him and asked, “Can you sign this for me? It’s for my little cousin.”

Choice said his fellow running backs knew more than a week before the game that he planned to get Vick’s autograph for his 2-year-old nephew. Choice played at Georgia Tech and knew Vick when he was playing for Atlanta.

As Vick was walking off the field Sunday night after the Eagles’ 30-27 victory at Cowboys Stadium, Choice approached the quarterback with a white glove and a black marker. The brief meeting was caught by NBC cameras, and became a topic of debate the next day.

“That’s the first time I actually ever had somebody to go get an autograph, and it wasn’t for me,” Choice said. “Since it got caught on film, (people) made a big deal out of it.”

Choice said all the attention has “messed up my doggone surprise for my little nephew for Christmas.”

As a young quarterback in Seattle, Jon Kitna got John Elway’s autograph on a football after a game.

“Guys do it all the time, guys are getting jerseys and memorabilia signed all the time,” Kitna said. “He just happened to get caught on tape. … It didn’t have anything to do with football. Just move on.”

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