Does Michael Vick Have a Right to Play in The NFL?

Josh McCainSenior Writer IDecember 14, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 12:  Quarterback Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles on the sidelines against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 12, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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On the Mike and Mike radio program on ESPN Radio, Mike Greenberg brought up an interesting tid-bit.

As of this morning Michael Vick leads all NFL players in fan Pro-Bowl voting.

That certainly speaks to fans, for a change, ignoring everything else except for play on the field.

And honestly I have no problem with Vick leading in the fan vote category.  He's certainly been one of the better quarterbacks in the NFC (my vote goes to Tom Brady for best NFL QB).

So when the two Mikes were talking about this I wasn't that surprised.  Of course Greenberg couldn't resist bringing up the argument that all Vick apologist like to bring up.

And that argument is that he's done his time and he deserves a second chance.

Again, fine with that.  Who am I to stop you from trying to earn a living once the government (and they're never wrong, are they) says you've paid your debt to society.

However, Greenberg continued and might have said the dumbest thing I've ever heard him say (which is tough because Greenie says a lot of dumb stuff).

He said that Michael Vick has a right to play in the NFL.

I'm sorry, he has a right to play in the NFL?

Every man, woman, and child has the right to live their lives the way they see fit as long as they don't encroach on others.

You have a right to freedom, you have a right (as an American) to pursue the American dream.

However, you do not have the right to play in the NFL.

Playing in the NFL is a privilege that so few ever get to experience. 

Thinking that playing in the NFL was a right is what got Michael Vick (and countless others) in trouble in the first place.

Once Vick was released from prison the NFL didn't have an obligation to let him back in the league.  The Philadelphia Eagles didn't have to sign him and give him a shot at playing.

No, they chose to give him a second chance, one that he is making the best of, and I hope he is taking more seriously than he did the first time.

You can debate all you want whether or not Mike Vick deserved a second chance, but in my book there is no debating the him being back in the NFL is indeed a privilege and not a right as so stupidly said by Mike Greenberg.