Like Many, Eagles Fan Is Torn Between Team Loyalty and Public Opinion

Lindsay MooreCorrespondent IAugust 25, 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)

Admit it, your heart sank to the floor the moment you found out the Philadelphia Eagles signed convicted felon Michael Vick.

It doesn’t make you a bad fan.


I currently reside in Chicago , and I got no fewer than 12 text messages the moment the story broke.  The common question was, “Are you going to be a Bears fan now?” 


I am a self-proclaimed animal lover, and I have a big problem with anything concerning death and the mistreatment of any living creature.  The thought of what Vick did sickens me to the very core.  


At the same time, the Eagles are my team.  It would speak volumes about my loyalty if I tore down the Midnight Green flags hanging in my bedroom and packed up my jersey collection.


So what is an Eagle fan to do? 


It seems to be a no-win situation either way.  On one hand, you want to trust the judgment of such a highly-respected organization. On the other, you will be chastised by the public for “condoning” the past behavior of a single player. 


That is just how it works.


So this is exactly why I am staying put.  Just like with any other decision, choices made while emotions are high are rarely the correct ones.  And while I will certainly not be donning the No. 7 any time soon, I think it’s only fair to let the guy try to earn his redemption. 


For all we know, he could never see a single snap all season.  His first preseason game promises to be a circus, as fans and protesters alike will be lining up to see what becomes of this man on the football field.


To some people, the fact that I have not renounced my association with the Eagles means I am sympathizing with Vick.  I have been criticized on a consistent basis since the announcement, even though I have not made a statement either way.  


Any neutrality in the situation seems to evoke a passionate response from either side.


I am not sure I will ever get to the point where I will be rooting for Vick's personal success, but I will always be hoping for the best for the Eagles.  If Andy Reid believes that this is a move that will bring them in that direction, well, I think it's worth a look.


I am not saying we should be his biggest fan.  I am merely suggesting that everyone just take a step back and observe the situation for a bit before making a decision.


This drama will be long forgotten come February.  The Eagles are poised to do some real damage this year and I, for one, can't wait to see it.