The Philadelphia Eagles’ Quarterback Michael Vick story has been long and provocative going all the way back to his college days with Virginia Tech. He was an explosive Quarterback in college and made Virginia Tech football relevant for many years. His first overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft seemed to be the right move by the Atlanta Falcons. And that move paid off for several years. He became the topic of conversations all over the country because what he did on the field. And he put on an amazing show.
You know the rest of the story. He was caught in a dog fighting ring, went to prison for 21 months. Then was given a second chance with the Philadelphia Eagles. There was a lot backlash against Former Eagles’ Head Coach Andy Reid and the Philadelphia Eagles’ front office. What Vick did was repulsive and disgusting. Yet he came back and faced what he did head on. He did all he could to win the hearts of the Philadelphia Eagles’ fans, the players, the city of Philadelphia and the country. It was a mixed reception to say the least. Some welcomed him with open arms, some with reservation and some not at all.
We Americans love a redemption story. A person gets knocked down and trampled. Somehow they fight, scratch and claw their way back. We secretly root them on and hope they make it back. We cheer when redemption comes. We somehow find a way bask in the their glow and revel in their victory.