How Does Michael Vick Recover?

Dayne DurantiCorrespondent IJune 8, 2009

RICHMOND, VA - AUGUST 27:  Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick makes a statement to reporters at the Omni Richmond Hotel after agreeing to a guilty plea on charges stemming from his involvement in a dogfighting ring August 27, 2007, in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)

OK, here we go: my take on a completely overdone and played out subject. The only way I can approach this situation is by trying to be objective (which I am not very good at.)

How does Mike Vick recover?

I mean it. I am seriously asking for answers here, so please feel free to contact me with your opinions and I will do a follow up. But until then...

The NFL is a league full of thieves, rogues, murderers, and liars. To think that it is anything above that is naive. Maybe this behavior comes with the territory, maybe it comes with the money. It is all pro sports, not just the NFL.

The same league that employs Ray Lewis, Jamal Lewis, Pacman Jones, Terrell Owens and more cannot wave some flag saying they are the portrait of morality. They are trying, but don't let them fool you. Mike Vick will be back to work in the NFL.

As well he should. All doggies aside for a minute, the guy is a hell of a football player. He was the quarterback of the future.

My Buccaneers played against him and Atlanta twice a year and I used to love watching him scramble around the field like a greased pig. It was like watching the Keystone Cops. The thing that really scared me is that he was really starting to develop his passing game too. He was unstoppable on the field.

It makes me sad.

Pop culture teaches kids to rob and kill. Culture teaches poor inner city youth that they have no chance in life and therefore crime is the only option. Every once in a while a talent like Mike Vick rises above to do something great, but, the ingrained inner city mentality comes through and they do something to ruin it.


Michael Vick will play football again. I would not want to be in his shoes the first time he takes the field.

Whether it is D.C., San Francisco, St. Louis, Seattle or wherever, some struggling team is going to get one hell of a quarterback. I do not envy the circus they will have to pass through to get him...

But I applaud them for having the courage to hire a great player.