I will never forget the day of August 20th, 2007, maybe it is because I am a Federal Correctional Officer, but it was also my 3 year anniversary with the Department of Justice. That day Michael Vick was all over the news for a scandal where Vick accepted a plea bargain to go to a Federal Prison.
Vick and the other three co-defendants agreed to separate plea bargains for the federal charges. They were expected to each receive federal prison sentences of between 12 months and five years. Four days later, Vick filed plea documents with the federal court. He pleaded guilty to “Conspiracy to Travel in Interstate Commerce in Aid of Unlawful Activities and to Sponsor a Dog in an Animal Fighting Venture”. He admitted to providing most of the financing for the operation and to participating directly in several dog fights in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and South Carolina. He admitted to sharing in the proceeds from these dog fights. He further admitted that he knew his colleagues killed several dogs who did not perform well. He admitted to being involved in the destruction of 6–8 dogs, by hanging or drowning. The “victimization and killing of pit bulls” was considered an aggravating circumstance, allowing prosecutors to exceed the federal sentencing guidelines for the charge. Vick denied placing any side bets on the dogfights. On August 27, U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson accepted Vick’s guilty plea, but reminded Vick that he (Hudson) was under no obligation to accept the prosecution’s recommendation of a reduced sentence.
I remember listening to people on the radio, on ESPN and even reading newspapers about how Vick would never be excepted in this league. After being convicted Vick would not give up. While incarcerated Vick stayed in great shape to get another shot at playing in the NFL.
Well it didn’t take long for the convicted felon to find work, Vick came out and ended up competing for the starting role in Philadelphia. I remember the dog rights activists PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) were all over Vick. They cost him millions of dollars in sponsors and it was looking like Vick would never get out of his situation. Well time has changed ladies and gentlemen. Just a few days ago Vick was given another opportunity as he was named starting quarterback by the Philadelphia Eagles. Vick has come along way, and the best part of the entire story is people have forgotten about the Michael Vick situation.
They now look at Vick as a football player again, and he is once again receiving sponsors. He was given a fat paycheck and is he ready to prove he can go back to his 2006 style of running and making acrobatic throws. In an interview with ESPN, Vick is already loving the high powered offense of Chip Kelly.
“I will be a threat,” Vick said Thursday, via ESPN.com. “I’m going to have my opportunities to do the things I like to do within this offense and to run the football. That’s exciting.”
If Vick can somehow lead the Eagles back to the Playoffs this year, it would be a miracle. I think it can happen, I expect huge numbers from Vick in 2013. My question is do you think people have forgiven him? Let us know on twitter @DraftDiamondsDo you follow the NFL Draft? If so follow NFL Draft Diamonds on Twitter and Facebook for up to date NFL Draft News, NFL Draft Projections, and NFL Draft Rankings. Jesus is the only way to Salvation