Many were wondering what type of performance Michael Vick would post after his super-human effort against the Washington Redskins last Monday night. While Vick didn’t replicate that electrifying performance from last week he proved to be just as effective in leading the Eagles to a 27-17 victory over the New York Giants.
I guess Vick is merely human after all.
Vick was poised in the pocket against the tough Giants defense. He only ran when necessary. He completed 24-38 passes for 258 yards and no touchdowns. Vick had two passes that were dropped that would have been sure scores.
Vick has his 7-3 Eagles leading the division with six contests remaining. If Vick continues to play at the MVP-type level he is without question the Eagles are a legitimate threat to go deep into the playoffs and possibly hoist the Lombardi trophy once the dust settles.
Enough about what Vick has done on the field. I think what he has done off the field is a reflection of what we are seeing on it. At 30-years of age Vick is oozing with wisdom and maturity. He is fully aware of the mistakes he’s made in his past. He is aware he disrespected the game of football by not maxing out his athletic ability while in Atlanta.
Vick knows he made stupid choices in funding a gambling ring and killing dogs. But now he appears to be a changed man. Not by what he says but what he is doing.
In Atlanta Vick came to practice late and left early. He relied on his athletic ability and flare. Now Vick is a student of the game. As an Eagle he comes to work early and leaves late.
Now we are starting to see a man off the field who is a leader on it: We are witnessing the transformation of human being who has been given a second chance and is taking it all the way.
Going to prison isn’t a pleasant thing. Vick was stripped of 18 months of his life that he will never be able to reclaim. Despite the latter he is not bitter about his past because he understands his adversity was largely of his own doing.
Being stripped of your freedom has to be the most humbling feeling in the world. Vick made the choices that landed him in prison. Now he’s responsible for the choices he’s making as a free man in society and on the football field.
While few are marveling at the athletic wizardry that Vick is displaying as an NFL quarterback what I am appreciating is how he has taken a negative situation and turned it into a positive one. He has made a conscious decision to become a better person and make better decisions as a man. That commitment has positively infiltrated his world as an NFL quarterback.
Vick is obviously more humble and patient than he was when he was an Atlanta Falcon. He appears to be a better person that is reestablishing what is normal for him today as opposed to yesterday.
The hallmark of a champion in life and in sports is how one confronts adversity. Typically there are two choices: Do you deny the presence of adversity and slip away into oblivion or confront it and reach deep within to exercise the vast reservoir of dormant potential and take it all the way?
Vick appears to be doing the latter and not the former.
Vick has the negative life experience from his past and the current success he is enjoying to strike the proper mental and spiritual balance in doing the right thing.
There are some dissenters. Some suggest Vick should not have gotten a second chance. Some still will never accept his past nor appreciate what he is trying to do now in reshaping his life. Even more have a hard time with a guy who makes over $5 million dollars being lauded for what he is doing on the football field.
While valid assertions it is more about Vick living his life out loud and openly speaking about his past. He has put a human face on his personal turmoil for all to see unlike the other quarterback who wears No. 7 over in Pittsburgh.
Unlike Vick, Ben Roethlisberger has not faced the music and paid the media piper. He has not engaged the media in humble fashion nor has the media pressed Roethlisberger about his multiple sexual assaults and what he has learned. Vick has done quite the contrary.
I applaud Vick for surrounding himself with quality people and making positive steps forward in life than playing exceptional football. He’ll only play football for a predetermined amount of time: Hopefully he’ll be a man much longer.
Let’s keep it real. Nothing stays the same in this life. There may be times when Vick struggles as a person in society and as NFL quarterback on the field. Unlike before he seems to have a blueprint in place to get himself back on track if he falters.
After all, he’s only human right?