This Is Not Michael Vick's Second Chance, It's His Last Chance

Michael ShibleySenior Analyst IAugust 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)

While watching all of the coverage surrounding the Eagles' signing of Michael Vick, the one quote I kept hearing from everyone was that Vick deserves a second chance.  

While this is true, this is not only his second chance, it is his last chance.

Michael Vick had his second chance the first time he decided to fund a dog fighting ring. If he had stopped right then and there and knew what he was doing was wrong, then he would have a second chance.

Vick had a chance to do the right thing when he was under suspicion of dog fighting.  Instead, he lied to federal investigators, Falcons owner Arthur Blank, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Only when Vick's accomplices copped to plea deals and turned him in did Vick admit to what he had done.

Also, do not forget all the other times Vick has been in trouble with the law and the NFL:  

2004: Two men were arrested in Virginia for distributing marijuana.  The truck they were driving was registered to Vick.

2006: After a loss to the New Orleans Saints in the Georgia Dome, in reaction to the fans' booing, Vick flipped off the fans.

2007: Vick surrendered a water bottle, which had a hidden compartment, to security personnel at Miami International Airport.  The compartment was believed to be used to transport marijuana.

Now Vick is on his last chance with the NFL. He had better not blow it, or he won't be back in the NFL.

As for the fans in Philadelphia, a little advice.  Do not let Michael Vick ruin your time as a fan of the Eagles.  

Many people have said that they would give up there season tickets if Vick was signed by their team.  That is the wrong way to go about it.  Vick is one man.  One man does not make a team.

So keep going to the games.  Bring your children and have fun.  But don't you dare buy a Michael Vick Eagles jersey.  

Any fan who is seen wearing an Eagles jersey with a No. 7 on the back is telling people that they are OK with what Michael Vick has done.  

They are fine with the fact that Vick hung dogs to trees in his own backyard, watching them whimper and struggle for life.

They are fine with the fact that he connected dogs to car batteries, and held them under water until the kicking stopped.

That is what a fan is telling you if they wear a Michael Vick jersey.