Michael Vick: Eagles Quarterback to Give Commencement Speech to Philly Students
Michael Vick Chosen As Commencement Speaker For Local Philly School
Michael Vick has had quite the career renaissance. It started with him signing a two-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009. He became the starting quarterback in 2010 after Donovan McNabb was traded and Kevin Kolb got hurt and made the pro bowl. He was a finalist to be on the cover of the Madden 12 video game.
Now, Vick has been chosen by students at a local Philadelphia school that helps at-risk youths who face emotional and behavioral issues.
"Based on Vick’s recent story of making a mistake, hitting rock bottom and having the courage to pick himself back up and work through difficult period of life, that was something we felt was very relevant to the student population and their story," said Milton Alexander, vice president of operations at Camelot. "It will be something they will remember for the rest of their lives."
Vick is still a pariah in the eyes of some people, and there is nothing that he can do to change that. But at least he is putting himself out there. He has been very open in talking about the problems that he has dealt with, and he seems like changed man.
He has done a lot of work with former NFL head coach Tony Dungy to try and repair his image, including visiting a prison in Texas and speaking to inmates about his life and problems.
This commencement speech will be the best moment that a lot of these young people have in their lives, and Vick will no doubt take this honor very seriously when he steps up to the podium to speak to each and every one of them.
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