Michael Vick signed with the Eagles on Thursday, was introduced Friday, and takes the field today for the first time under Andy Reid. It's been well over two and a half years since the once megastar took a snap, and it sure has been a long journey for the guy.
While Vick has gotten everything from hate mail, to PETA picketers, to threats over the boycott of his games by disgruntled fans, I ask why. Sure, killing dogs and bankrolling a cruel sport of dog-fighting isn't anyone's idea of proper behavior, but the guy has been through enough, served his time and should not be excommunicated for life. He didn't do steroids, didn't bet on the game, nor kill or rape another human being.
He spent 18 months in prison, lost tens of millions of a once lucrative fortune, and since become one of the most hated men in America, not just the sports world. Meanwhile Donte Stallworth killed a man while driving drunk and high, yet has faded into a vat of public immunity potion, when compared to Vick.
It's time to get off Vick's back and let him go prove to us that times have changed. Has he become a better man? Andy Reid doesn't know, Tony Dungy doesn't know, and Vick probably can't even answer that truthfully. But how are we going to ever find out if he's ready to move on, if we don't give him the chance?
The angry comments and protests over Vick's signing are becoming purely insane now. It's time to move on and stop whinning. Reading this morning's Los Angeles Times proved to be the last straw on my annoyance of anti-Vick talk. Here's a letter to the editor in today's edition:
For years I've been a Packer fan, but this year will be different, as I will now root hard for two teams each week -- my Packers, and whatever team is playing the Eagles.
Los Angeles Times
I don't get it. How can you really hate a man that much? Stallworth killed a man and served a few weeks in jail, what are you going to do next year when he's running routes? Going to petition for another merger?
If I was an Eagles fan, I would be doing backflips right now. Think about how fast and dynamic that offense will be. With guys like Vick, DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Brian Westbrook and an All-Pro QB Donovan McNabb at the helm, their offense could almost surely be unstoppable if they can gel.
All of you on Vick's back after so long, well you can go have yourself a grilled hot dog...better make that a tofu dog.