Say what you want about Michael Vick… bring up his past, villify him, hate him, wish bad things on him all you want.
Just remember that he is human and that we all make mistakes. Cliche? Yes. However, for all of the stones that we toss at Vick we tend to forget that we have a skeleton or three in our closet.
When Vick signs his brand new 6 year/ $100 million deal you will hear cries from the public that he doesn’t deserve the money, that he’s still a criminal and that the Eagles should be ashamed of themselves for giving a dog killer that much money.
Vick will never be able to live down the humiliation that he caused himself and his family. His involvement in a illegal dog fighting ring will haunt him wherever he goes for the rest of his life…
It doesn’t mean however that it should prevent him from living his life.
One thing that has angered me to no end about the Vick issue is this constant banter from dog owners and animal rights activists that Vick should continue to be punished and shouldn’t live his life. Murderers are allowed back into society, pedophiles have kids, domestic violence criminals have girlfriends, yet because Vick committed a crime that has nothing to do with human life (though killing living things is still a heinous act) he all of a sudden can’t make a living.
Vick paid his debt to society. He lost everything. He paid a hefty price for his actions and seemingly has learned his lesson. He is a more focused individual with a better understanding of life and is trying his hardest not to make more bad decisions. Isn’t that what we want out of people who do bad things?
America is a nation that loves a hero, more than a hero it loves a villain, and more than a villain there is no better story than a reformed villain. Vick’s tale is a cautious one and one of great redeeming value. He rose above his bad actions and back to being one of the game’s most electrifying players.
Vick is tapping into the talent that made him a number one pick in the 2000 NFL draft. He was an MVP candidate last year and is the leading candidate this year as part of the NFL’s dream team.
He is becoming a role model and an example that you can change for the better in a atmosphere that is filled with so many cynics and bad influences.
We should be celebrating Vick’s return to the top, instead he is and will always be the bad guy.
Is race an issue? I hate to play the race card but would we feel the same about Vick if he were white? Would he be forgiven easier and welcomed back to society with ease? Who knows.
One thing is for sure, I am happy for Michael Vick. I’m happy that he has put his crimes behind and learned from them. I’m happy that he has taken his second chance in life and done something with it. I’m happy that he will be paid well for his services and can make a living for himself and be happy.
Vick has paid and atoned for his sins. Who am I or anyone for that matter to still think he has a price to pay?