This is still a really sore spot for some "Michael Vick fans" who like to perpetrate like they're "Falcons fans", but real Falcons fans view Michael Vick like someone who they were once in a committed relationship with, but things ultimately didn't work out.
At his best, Vick was everything Atlanta fans dreamed about. He was a real superstar who brought in the kind of national attention that Falcons fans had long craved and still want to this day.
At his worst (even before the federal conviction), Vick was flipping the bird to some of those same fans as he left the field after a loss to the Saints—ever notice how nothing good ever seems to come from a loss to the Saints?
The franchise hit rock bottom when Vick pled guilty to federal charges in 2007. That's when the breakup between real Falcons fans and Vick occurred. A faction of Falcons fans still wanted to support Vick because of what he had done for the team, but they were disgusted with what he had admitted to being a part of and they knew that he'd never play for the Falcons again.
When Vick got his second chance with the Eagles in 2009, true Falcons fans felt like their ex-spouse had come out of rehab and hooked up with a sexy new partner. As much as you hate to admit it, you were a little jealous when the Eagles came to the Georgia Dome and thumped a Chris Redman-led Falcons team later that season.
In 2010, the "jealous ex" syndrome was at an all-time high when Vick put up MVP-caliber numbers for the Eagles. Many true Falcons fans asked, "why didn't he do that when he was here?"
Thankfully, in the end the "jealous ex" stage was just part of *Mike Smith/Thomas Dimitroff voice* "the process" of healing for true Falcons fans. After all, you were in a great new relationship another quarterback now...