Michael Vick Deserves a Chance For Redemption!

William Del PilarContributor IJuly 30, 2009

RICHMOND, VA - AUGUST 27:  Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick speaks 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)

I’ll be the first to say it: I don’t care for Michael Vick and what he did. However, before you send the hate or I agree with you e-mails, please finish reading the blog.

It may not be manly to say this, but I’m a passionate dog lover because they give unconditional love and humans don’t. You come home and who’s there to greet you at the door every single time without question? Not your friends, not even your spouse, it’s your dog! 

Non-dog lovers don’t understand this, but I don’t fault them. No one loves animals like animal lovers. It’s like your newborn baby. I don’t care about your newborn that looks like a pointed prune and, to be truthful, is more ugly than cute!

However, to you, he or she is the greatest baby since humanity began. I understand that. It’s your flesh and blood. You’re proud, as you should be, and I’m happy for you, but it’s your kid not mine.

Let me tell you a secret: Most people feel like I do, we just don’t say it and politely tell you how cute your kid is and glance at our watches knowing we’re stuck looking at pictures. We do this because we know how much you love your kid and how special he or she is to you.

My point isn’t to tell you your newborn is ugly, deep down you already know that. Yes, that last comment was just cute sarcasm, get over it! Regardless, I’m just being 100 percent honest—the only people who like looking at pictures of your kids outside your blood is you!

What does this have to do with Vick?

Easy, we animal lovers love our animals as much as you love your kids and we equate that love as strongly as you do. You’ll never convince us otherwise. We believe brutality towards animals like what Vick did is just as horrible as any brutality towards kids. You may disagree, but that’s how we feel.


I also believe NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is well within his rights to protect the image of the league. Technically, Vick is under probation, so his freedom is conditional, which is why I believe Goodell is within his rights.

I’m happy Goodell is allowing Vick back in just as I was when St. Louis Rams defensive end Leonard Little was allowed to play years ago.

For those that don’t remember, Little killed a mother and had to pay restitution from his NFL wages. The NFL provided the biggest check and quickest way for Little to at least do something to try to make up his horrific decision to drive that day.

Back to Vick, he will have to pay back creditors and make right the error of his ways, just as Little was forced to pay restitution. He also has a chance to show us he is turning his life around and has changed.

I tweet a lot (@wdelpilar), and I love following the players because you get to see their playful and sometimes soulful side. I have this to say to them: Stop whining about Vick and his treatment. When I tweeted a reply to a comment San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman made about Vick, I stated only Vick will be able to prove to us he deserves his second chance.

Not Merriman because he feels he should be given a chance, not me, not you, nor anyone else. Vick, through his actions, will show us if this decision was the correct one!

I’ve been accused of being judgmental, and I won’t argue that because anyone who accuses me is judging me and is no better. My point is that I’m always looking and hoping to change my opinion of someone because in the end, if we can all be the best human beings we can be, then the world will be a better place.

I don’t say that to say that. We live in the greatest country in the world, and until you experience a different country as a member who has lived there (not vacationed) you don’t realize the opportunities this country allows us. There is only one condition and that is to work hard. I have lived that experience.

To Michael Vick, I hope your actions show us you are changing and that’s what I’ll look for—not what your agent, friends or lawyers say! Remember this, you are a public figure and a role model regardless of what anyone says, because when a young kid sees you and emulates you, the person you represent is what they’ll emulate.

Don’t ever forget that.

Before I leave you, the controversial Jim Brown—love him or hate him, he’s the egotistical personality—had some words for Vick, which I feel are dead on. You can check it out at: http://www.sirius.com/politicaltalk.

Don’t forget, I’m a “tweeter” and post what’s happening in a breaking or timely manner. I also point you to solid links outside the KFFL world that can help you win your leagues. Follow me at http://twitter.com/wdelpilar.