Michael Vick is back in the NFL. To some that in itself is a travesty. To others, they wish him well after he has paid his dues with a 2 year prison term for unseemly and inhumane crimes against animals. No matter where you stand on the issue it is a passionate argument on both sides. Do you reward someone with millions of dollars after committing such a despicable act?
The other side of the argument is even prisoners released from prison should be allowed to make a living for themselves and their families. Better we let them make a living and perhaps the chance of rehabilitating themselves, verses being a burden to tax payers and perhaps a liability to society in the future.
Make no mistake, Vick made a huge mistake and his moral compass was bankrupt. But this man given his crime, appears to be remorseful and only time will tell. Can we forgive? We should. No one is society is perfect, all of us has fallen short of the road to excellent values. No living human being can say they have not made a mistake, perhaps not on the level of a Michael Vick, but nevertheless we are not perfect.
The Philadelphia Eagles agreed to go out of the limb and offer Vick a contract. Plenty of people are questioning why? It is understandable. The Philadelphia Eagles have showed more courage in giving Vick a chance than many NFL teams. He is without question, a tremendous football player and his talent is unquestioned. Many teams probably thought long and hard about signing Vick, but shied away from the backlash the the Eagles coach and ownership are sure to receive from animal rights group, fans, and average people who have pets of their own. It is a slippery slope and a road less traveled for all concerned.
So it is up to Vick to prove himself; he has a lot of work to do, but that comes with the territory when you make mistakes, you must pay for them, sometimes for a lifetime. I wish Vick well in his quest to rehabilitate himself, there is a lot on the line for him, the Eagles, the NFL, and the many people who have stood in support of Michael Vick; Tony Dungy, Donovan McNabb and others.
This situation will play out for years to come. It up to Vick to remake himself and it want be easy.