Forgiving Michael Vick

Max Goodwin@maxgoodwContributor IIIAugust 15, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - AUGUST 14: Michael Vick of the Philadelphia Eagles speaks at a press conference at the NovaCare Complex on August 14, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Vick signed a one-year contract, with a second year option, with the Eagles.  (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

Maybe it's what I saw when I was a thirteen year old kid watching the young Virginia Tech quarterback, in amazement. One year later seeing that same player break incredible runs out of the pocket in the NFL, like I had never seen a player of his position perform. I may be blinded by his speed and overall athletic ability.

For whatever reason, I believe Michael Vick deserves a second chance and Philadelphia is the perfect place. However, Herm Edwards could be going a little over board comparing Vick to Muhammad Ali.

Watch the highlights on Youtube, it is undeniable, Michael Vick is like no other quarterback that has played in the NFL. If Philly works out for Vick then he could return to the great athlete that he once was. Donovan Mcnabb provides Vick with a mentor, who he can look up to while he is attempting this come back to the NFL. This is the way it had to be. Vick could not have handled a situation in which he was competing for the starting spot immediately.

A One year contract a option year for the Eagles, gives Michael time to mature in both his personal and football life's.Mcnabb is the unquestionable starter and the Eagles claim Vick will not be used in any positions other than QB. Yes, he will most likely be faced with protesters and humiliation on the road, as well as at home. But, In Philly he has a strong team surrounding him. He will get back into the NFL life without the actual pressure of being a starting quarterback.

Donovan Mcnabb says not to expect anything like a wildcat offense because of the addition of Michael Vick. But, if something happens to Mcnabb this season, Eagles fans will forget about the prison sentence. They will forget the brutal details of what Mike did to those dogs. They will watch him take the lead of this team, and possibly show the elusiveness which once made him one of the most entertaining players in the league.

But, for now he is simply an overpriced back-up quarterback.

My stomach turns when I hear exactly what Michael Vick did with his own hands to these dogs. However, I know that the crime of dog fighting is fairly common in many inner city neighborhoods of the US. People all over the world find it normal to fight animals for profit or entertainment. It is a sad thought to consider, but it is true. There are unthinkably cruel actions committed to animals every day. Vick is not the first person to commit this crime. Hopefully he can now be a positive figure to stand up against animal cruelty.

I do not condone Vick's actions, but I can forgive him for them if he is willing to put in the work. I'm sure Donte Stallworth needs no more problems in his life, but why is there considerably less outrage for his committed DUI manslaughter charge? 

Michael committed a crime and appears to have honest regret for his actions. I hope he can see past the hate and disgust that protesters have shown. I hope he can find a home in Philadelphia for a year or two and is then ready to find a team to start for. But, most of all I hope Michael Vick has learned from his mistakes and we can once again witness the brilliance that made him the first overall draft pick.