Eagle Fans: Embrace Mike Vick... Everyone Deserves a Break

neil SaftContributor IAugust 28, 2009

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 27:  A fan holds up a sign supporting Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles during the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars of the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on August 27, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

In last nights highly anticipated debut of former Falcons quarterback Mike Vick wearing a green #7 for the first time, it was nothing for philly fans to get excited about. 

He went 4-4 for 19 yards and rushed for a yard in last nights 33-32 victory at the expense of the Jacksonville Jaguars

Though, after the game, Vick was humble, admitting he messed up a read during his play at QB. He was articulate and calm in the face of the Philadelphia media, (which at times acts like it is a pack of wild animals), and he looked excited to start his new career in Philadelphia. 

Of course there will be protests--the events leading to his incarceration were despicable.

Let me make that clear: I do not condone the torture or abuse of any animal for any reason.

But the man has gone bankrupt, and needed to propose a $20 million bankruptcy plan in front of a Virginia judge to pay back his creditors.

Paying off debt is a concept almost every working class American is facing today.

However Vick, unlike the CEO's who are being bailed out and are supposedly just as, "broke" but travel first class to their hearings; Vick flew commercial, saying he is, "not rich like he used to be."

Let's also not forget Vick served a year and a half in prison and he wants to change. This, after all, is the goal of our correctional facilities.

Vick seems convicted and sincere when he says that he wants to move on with the rest of his life. Let's try and let him do that.

As Eagles football fans, everybody by now should respect Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb's opinions; both of whom have embraced #7 as a teammate and forgiven his past.

I'm not naive though. 

The first bad game he has, the first fumble, INT, or bad comment is going to throw him in a media whirlwind.

Let us as Iggle fans try and make changes in ourselves the way it seems Mike Vick is trying to make changes in himself.