Michael Vick: From Prison To Philadelphia Eagles Starting QB

Adam RosenCorrespondent IISeptember 17, 2010

Alone, No MOre
Alone, No MOreMike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Call it a comeback, or a second chance at life.

Because on Sunday, former convict and current NFL quarterback Michael Vick will get his big break when he is called upon to lead the Eagles in a Week 2 match-up against the Detroit Lions, since starting quarterback Kevin Kolb will be sidelined with a concussion.

Now, in his first start since he went to prison for his involvement in an illegal dog fighting ring, Vick will be on the football field, the place where he belongs.

Not long ago Vick was suspended indefinitely without pay from the NFL by commissioner Roger Goodell, hours after pleading guilty to federal charges in his involvement with the Bad Newz Kennels dog fighting investigation.

Not long ago, Vick served 21 month behind bars, but now, he's back.

There is no debating that Vick's actions were not only illegal, but were cruel, and inhumane. Since, Vick has realized his mistakes, and hopefully has learned from them as well. He apologized for his actions, and admitted he "was ashamed and totally disappointed" in himself.

Vick was not alone, because America was disappointed in him too. 

While his reputation of being a former convict seems to have followed him, Vick was recently voted the most hated athlete in America.

America has made clear its feelings toward Vick. 

And as the expression goes, time heals all wounds, but there will be plenty of people whom will never forget nor forgive Vick. 

But should they? Isn't America a forgiving country? Don't we believe in second chances?

Well, at least that's what I thought. 

He served his time, was punished for his crime, and is now a rehabilitated man.  Even the NFL's tough guy, Goodell, has reinstated Vick, allowing him to play football, once again. But  in the eyes of the American people, Vick will forever be a killer, and famous for all the wrong reasons.

That simply isn't fair.

He has done everything to erase his past, and to clear his image, including depositing nearly $1 million in an escrow account to reimburse costs of caring for the confiscated dogs and previously performing volunteer work with the humane society in Atlanta.

Although he destroyed his life, people make mistakes. I do not condone what Vick did, nor will I ever.  He was a superstar who traveled down the wrong path of stardom, only to find himself stranded, with no one to turn to for help. 

But don't blame him for that. 

He got caught in a his own little world, he couldn't escape it.  Now, one of the most gifted athletes the world has ever seen will be returning to the gridiron with the eyes of the sports world watching. 

I don't want to hear that forgiving Vick would be like forgiving a cold-blooded murderer. I don't want to hear that Vick shouldn't be playing football.  I don't want to hear Vick should be spending the rest of his life in jail.

He made a mistake.

He learned his lesson.

He's now ready for his return to greatness.

On Sunday, when No. 7 comes running out of the tunnel, thousands of Eagle fans will be cheering for him, not only because the Eagles can ill-afford to begin the season 0-2, but because he deserves to be cheered for.

For 60 minutes, Vick will no-longer be a ex-con, but will be a starting quarterback in the NFL.

He deserves another chance, and the opportunity to prove he can still be an elite quarterback. 

He's now getting that chance. 

Let's see what he's made of. 


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