With Michael Vick Out of Custody, Why Wouldn't the NFL Still Be in His Future?

Tim Bielik@bielik_timSenior Analyst IJuly 21, 2009

Yesterday, former NFL quarterback Michael Vick was released from federal custody after serving a sentence on dogfighting charges.

It's unclear what kind of penalties, if any, he will incur at the local and state levels, but many are still torn over whether or not Vick will play in the NFL again.

Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended the Virginia Tech alum indefinitely last summer, and now Vick's eligibility hinges on Goodell's impending verdict. No doubt Goodell will want to examine Vick to determine if he has truly changed.

But with training camp looming, Vick has tried to recondition himself for potentially playing again in 2009.

Should Vick get another opportunity to play football in the NFL?

My answer is yes.

This opinion is not so much based on his performances, but on the poor performances of other quarterbacks. If Vick can be at the level he was at early in his pro career, some teams might be calling his number before 2009 is over.

Quarterback is the most important position in all of sports, and usually teams that are lacking in that position will seek out new quarterbacks to improve their overall game. Vick might be a player that fits into this category.

But because of his dogfighting case, Vick may forever be as hated a player as Pacman Jones, who may never find another roster to play on.

Regardless, if Vick performs, there is a place for him in football, whether it be as a full-time starter or situational Wildcat quarterback. If he doesn't get back into the NFL, some believe he might sign into the UFL this fall and play in its inaugural season.

Goodell has quickly developed a reputation for being a no-nonsense commissioner, dealing out huge suspensions and fines to send a message that certain conduct is simply not tolerated.

Many feel that this stance will keep Vick out of the NFL for at least this upcoming season, if not forever. So, should he be banned for life?

If he truly feels remorse for what he's done and can stay clean, the answer is no.

If he is allowed to play football, certainly there is someone who will give this embattled, ex-superstar a second chance.

I mean, hey, don't most of us deserve one more chance?

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