New York Jets’ Michael Vick Has Paid His Penance, Judge Him On The Field Only

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Oct 27, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) before the game between the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 27, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) before the game between the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

So Vick has paid his debt to society legally, he certainly paid for it financially with the loss of $142 million dollars in income and he has paid for it with his reputation, as he went from a popular figure liked by the masses to one of the most hated men in America. But how has rebounded from all this? Did he learn his lesson, mature and become a better, rehabilitated person? Here is a quote from Chip Kelly that sheds some light on the Michael Vick of 2013-14:

“Unfortunately, he got hurt and that gave an opportunity to another guy,” said Eagles head Chip Kelly.  “I think sometimes for a lot of people, you put yourself in those shoes, that’s hard to wrap your arms around because it’s not like Michael was wrong and got benched.  It was just a unique situation and I think how (he) helped Nick through the  process, it just tells you the type of person he is and I think that didn’t go unnoticed by me and I appreciate everything he did my first year here.” (The Chris Murray Report, Fond Farewell: Michael Vick Unlikely to Return to Eagles in 2014, January 7, 2014)

Here is another quote from the same article, this time from owner Jeffrey Lurie:

“Michael has been impressive to us, I’m sure to you guys, but also to us internally,” Lurie said. “Incredibly mature as a teammate, a leader, somebody who helped Nick tremendously, he has been a joy to have.  He represented the team always with class.”

Vick was given the Ed Block Courage Award by his teammates after his return to league in 2009 with the Eagles for his role as a leader, both in the locker room and the community. This 2009 quote best exemplifies Vick’s mindset and the kind of player the Jets have acquired:

“It was a big obstacle proving I’m worthy of a second chance,” Vick said. “It doesn’t stop here. I have to continue to prove that. I think it’s not going to be a day-to-day process, it’s going to be a year-in, year-out process. It’s a challenge to myself. The thing I told Roger is that four or five years from now, I’m going to come to him and say, ‘Everything I told you I was going to do, I’m still doing it.’ And that’s what I pride myself on and that’s my focus and that’s my goal.”

It has been seven years since his arrest and the low point of his life but Vick has battled back, paid his dues to the government and society. Most importantly he was rehabilitated and has come back as a more mature, improved version of himself. Everyone says that people deserve second chances and after all Vick has done to change his life he deserves to be measured by what he does on the field not the person he is assumed to be off it.


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  • matr dontelli iii

    Nice job, Craig

  • Frank Antonelli

    Right on Craig. Of course, there will always be hypocrites that will never give him a break. I guess they have never done anything wrong in their pathetic lives, and have to feel better about themselves by pointing a finger at other people.

  • Giants Fan

    He is a murdering scumbag that tortured and killed innocent animals. I don’t care how much time he did or debt he paid, there is something inherently wrong with any human being that can inflict such pain on another living thing for entertainment or money or any other self serving reason. He may have fooled the Jets and the NFL, but I’m not buying his reformed citizen, good-guy act. It’s apparently easy to forget that sweet faces like these were his victims.

    • Craig Hoffman

      What does the face of the victim of Donte Stallworth’s vehicular manslaughter look like? How about the woman Leonard Little killed during a DWI? Are they not as important because they are human? Where is your moral outrage that these people were given a 2nd chance?

      What Vick did was reprehensible, horrific, illegal and immoral. However, that was 7 years ago and people should be given a chance to change after they pay their debt to society.

      • Giants Fan

        Manslaughter, by definition, involves a lack of intent to injure or kill the victim. I find it hard to believe that Vick didn’t intend to injure or kill the dogs that he slammed, repeatedly, on the ground. If Vick’s victim’s were human, we wouldn’t be having this discussion because he would never see the light of day again. An accident is just that – his crimes were no accident.

        • Craig Hoffman

          An accident is backing into another car in a parking lot. Their actions, drinking to excess, not handing their keys over to someone else and driving recklessly were all choices and actions they made and were held accountable for not an accident..

  • d wags60

    He bought property in Virginia for the sole purpose of killing dogs for his personal enjoyment (he certainly didn’t need the money). some were shot, some hung, some drowned, and some were hosed down and then electrocuted. This is besides the ones that just got their throats torn out while fighting. they found a booth called the rape cage, or something like that, where females were tied up so males could repeatedly get at them without any resistance. Screw Vick, shame on the Humane Society for whoring themselves out for this publicity stunt, and F*** the Jets, I and many others are done with them. Go Giants!!

  • Bill

    What about Zimmerman who gunned down an unarmed African-American teenager who he stalked? Where is your outrage about that. To many of you a dogs life is more valuable to you than a human life. What about Michael Dunn who also murdered an unarmed African-American teenager. These teenagers were innocent, they had not committed any crimes. Where is you outrage? A dogs life is more important than that of an African-American teenager? How many skeletons do you have in your closet? Would people forgive you for some of the secret things that you have done? We have all sinned and come short of the glory of God. We all need a second chance at some point in our life.
    He that has no sin let him cast the first stone. He that doesn’t forgive will not be forgiven.
    Great Article!

    • Giants Fan

      Zimmerman was acquitted (big word, I know – not guilty, cleared of any wrongdoing…) by a jury of his peers. Vick was CONVICTED. There’s a huge difference there. One man is a convicted felon, the other is not. It’s difficult to get an entry level job at most companies as a convicted felon. Why shouldn’t people be outraged that Vick is being handed a multi-million dollar contract?