Seeking Your Thoughts on Michael Vick

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It seems like everyone has an opinion on the Philadelphia Eagles signing Michael Vick. The news has transcended the sports world and is making its way around dinner tables, subway trains and places of business, even among those who wouldn’t have been able to pick Vick out of a lineup before the dogfighting scandal broke.

I have my own opinion on the matter, but before I divulge, I want to hear from the loyal Between the Headset readers. What are your thoughts on the Eagles signing Vick, both from a P.R. standpoint and a football standpoint?

Should every team have passed on Vick, or are teams going to regret leaving him alone?

Leave a comment below, and I will respond to the best ones with my own thoughts.

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9 responses to “Seeking Your Thoughts on Michael Vick

  1. I think Vick should get another chance. He was punished by the law and the NFL, so as long as he doesn’t make any more mistakes, he deserves a shot like anyone else.

    Dogfighting wasn’t the only blemish on his record, but he seems to be sorry. He has too much to lose at this point. He’s bankrupt of his money and his reputation. I think his focus from now on will be on fixing his image and getting in playing shape.

  2. Vick’s back in the league; yea we all knew in time it would happen. What the league should really be concerned about is Donte Stallworth killing someone, with his car and being sentenced to 24 days in jail with a one year NFL Suspension…hmmm not something is wrong here………

  3. Ben Feldmann: The pedestrian that Stallworth hit was drunk and literally jumped in front of his car. That doesn’t excuse the DUI, but be aware that any driver – drunk or sober – likely would have hit this person.

    Not only should Vick definitely be allowed to play, but I wish my Jets had signed him.

    Mike Vick broke the law, and so he deserves jailtime, but I believe even that is too harsh a punishment. America has a biased love for dogs. In reality, what he did is no worse than hunting game, or what large food companies do to chickens – raised with beaks cut off, etc. – that we eventually eat. But because it’s a dog – “man’s best friend” in America, but a delicacy in China – that Americans act so irrationally. In many cultures animals are viewed differently; some as gods, some as friends, some as food. Who are we to judge which is right?

    Vick broke the law, got jail time, and is now out of jail. He deserves a second shot. It’s guys like Leonard Little – who was convicedt of DUI manslaughter, and then found drunk while driving AGAIN – who have run out of second chances.

    • Directly in response to Fuss:

      1) I find it so funny that Fuss, a well known animal-hater, sided that Vick’s crime was not a big deal. I totally agree, but too predictable with berger. I ask anyone who disagrees: How many cute puppies would you mutilate to save the life of one 5 yr old girl? 5,000? 100,000? A million? The answer is probably infinite.

      2) I do not think you can defend Stallworth in any shape or form. I could care less what the victim did – Dante Stallworth made a decision to put other people in danger when he took the wheel all f***ed up. He was 3X over the limit and mad blazed (fresh greens) which is not a destructive decision to himself, but anyone that he will encounter on the road.

      Donte gets off because he settles with the victim’s FAMILY for a few mill and they lower the charges against him. Vick could not do the same because the dogs do not have families who can be alleviated with cash. Money makes the world go around and this case allow high paid athletes to get away with very serious crimes.

      Vick did not have that luxury and serves serious time for a crime that was far less deplorable that Stallworth’s.

      In the end as crimes go: Donte>Plaxico>Michael

      EZ

  4. I’ve been very conflicted on this entire issue. On the moral side, my sister made a point when she said that in no other profession would someone have the opportunity to get his/her job back after being in jail for two years for dogfighting, unless you are a professional athlete.

    But that is nothing that will change, that is the way our society is.

    The NFL confuses me. In one light, Roger Goodell attempts to be the moral police with his unyielding power as commissioner to suspend players for their actions off the field. In the other sense, it is football. I am a football fan. I am excited to see Michael Vick back on the field and see what he can do with a football in his hands.

    While the NFL seems to judge morals, as a sports fan, once someone is on the field, I just want to enjoy it. That’s the beauty of sports–when a game is going on, you can watch the game, keep tabs on fantasy players, cheer for your team, without worrying about who is in the latest Sports blotter.

    The law did what they had to do. Goodell did what he had to do. At this point, it’s silly to complain about the morality of Vick. He’s a football player now. When he suits up, I want to see him run over defenses, just not the Bears.

  5. What Vick did was obviously heinous, and he spent two years learning how unacceptable it is. Now that he is out, he should have the opportunity to earn a living just like any other person released from prison after being convicted of a crime.

    Some will argue that this is not fair and make the argument that if he was any other guy at any other company, there is no way that company will let him back. That decision is ultimately the company’s, and the NFL, which is a business, has decided to give him another chance. But this is nothing new. People who are great at what they do are often given another opportunity to utilize their talents in other ways. Businessmen have been convicted of fraud at one company, but because of what they did to the bottom line have had other doors open, but with more scrutiny. The same has happened to Vick. He is a phenomenal football player, and has been given another chance to use his talents. Only this time, the leash (sorry, but using it for lack of a better word) will be much, much shorter.

    But the real punishment I feel Vick will have to live with is the stigma that will follow him around everyday for the rest of his life. Just like A-Rod, Manny, Clemens and the rest of the steroid crew will never be able to fully regain the respect of the fans, neither will Vick. The court of public opinion can many times dish out much harsher sentences than a court of law can.

  6. I’m going to agree with most of the others, it seems. There’s no reason in my mind not to sign Vick just because he was in jail. The point of our corrections system is to rehabilitate and reintegrate. How can an NFL quarterback do that without getting a chance at a quarterbacking job?

    But the Eagles signing him makes much less sense. From a PR standpoint, it’s great. People might care about dogs, but Philadelphians do not. Arguably the worst, most uncouth and disruptive fan base in sports will have no problem accepting Vick…as long as he succeeds.

    But from a team standpoint, I dont’ get it. McNabb’s a top tier quarterback. And everyone was excited by his heir apparent. So why sign someone who could also possibly be top tier. Vick’s still young. If he’s in shape, he could start for many other teams in the league. How about Minnesota? But the Eagles would have been one of the last teams I’d have expected. The only reasoning I can come up with is their offense is designed for a mobile signal caller, so they wanted a mobile replacement if needed (since McNabb does have a laundry list of injuries). Donovan’s not as mobile as he used to be…but then again, Vick’s probably not either.

  7. I’ll slightly disagree with Kevin’s sister on this one. I would imagine that if a 32 yr-old VP of a successful tech startup makes millions of dollars, and then was let go for being involved in a dogfighting ring, or some equally heinous crime, I guarantee that guy gets a job at least as a consultant somewhere when he is released. That guy doesn’t stay dormant and jobless for the rest of his life.

    That’s the situation here with Michael Vick. He was a very rich man, one of the faces of the NFL. Now, after making some poor decisions, he’s relegated to essentially a backup QB job, probably not going to get much PT this year when its all said and done. He’s not really getting his old job back – if the Falcons had signed him, and boosted him to the top of the depth chart immediately, that would be getting his job back. However, just like the VP who becomes a consultant because of his wits and experience, Vick is getting a job that utilizes the most valuable assets he has – strength, speed, and football talent.

    Also wanted to make a point about this from a PR perspective – I think Vick has done an excellent job of keeping this issue as quiet as possible. In about 48 hours or so, he signed with the Eagles, did the 60 minutes interview, and its done with. When the regular season comes around, he’s probably have a number of unassuming games where his stat line looks like this: 2 pass attempts, 1 completion, 8 yards passing, 23 yards rushing. We will all bore of that stat line, Vick will help the Eagles become a slightly better team and we’ll be more focused on other things.

  8. I’m much happier seeing Vick back in the NFL than I am Favre.

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