Ore. boy's Vick protest becomes Web sensation
Saturday, September 1, 2007
By DAVID KROUGH, kgw.com Staff
ALBANY, Ore. -- A young football fan from Albany got his dog an expensive chew toy -- and became in Internet viral video sensation all while working for a good cause.
After the Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick pleaded guilty to dogfighting, 13-year-old Tyler Reab decided he no longer wanted his football autographed by the NFL star.
But first, he decided to make the most out of the situation. Tyler got the football for Christmas in 2005.
The video of 1-year-old Otis chomping on the ball quickly became a hit on YouTube. Otis appears to have a grand time tearing the stitching off the ball and deflating it.
As of Friday, the ball had a bid of $650. And proceeds from the sale were being split between the Oregon Humane Society and a non-profit run by Tyler’s uncle. The Hope for Kids Foundation, run by Jason Cripe promotes after school programs for kids in Oregon.
“It was Tyle’rs decision to help us and keep this money raised from the football right here in Oregon,” Cripe said.