My favorite feature, Pro Football Weekly‘s Audibles, has another provocative (and anonymous) quote:
“(The Eagles) had one of the greatest comebacks I have ever seen (against New York). (Michael) Vick is a true story, (a true example of) redemption. They are on a run. Andy Reid keeps looking better by the week. The best football is being played in the East right now — New England, Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.”
Michael Vick “a true story of redemption”?
Let me get this straight. The guy goes to jail for dog fighting. He gets out and now his job, his teammates and his family depend absolutely on him staying out of trouble. So what happens? He immediately goes back to associating with people who slave their problems with guns. He goes to a party where his friend shoots somebody literally minutes after he leaves.
How long before this guy finds himself suspended again? How can anyone depend on his to be their starting quarterback?
Michael Vick has been conning people most of his life by telling them what they want to hear. He’s Cedric Benson with more talent and more dangerous friends. In this entire affair he hasn’t once told the truth right up until he went to jail. I was and am willing to give anyone a chance after they’ve paid their debt to society and by heaven Vick paid more than most of these athletes ([cough]benroethlisburger[cough]). But that doesn’t mean I’m going to ignore the indications that he is wasting it.
I have no problem with Vick having a job in the league. I have no problem with him playing. I have no problem with him period. He’s fine. But it will be a long, long time before I’ll believe he has “redeemed” himself.