Has Michael Vick Redeemed Himself?

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But for some reason, Michael Vick has not enjoyed that same fate. Some still hate him. He did all he could yet to no avail. What isn’t understood is there are other NFL Players accused of murder. One that comes to mind is Former All-Pro Baltimore Ravens Linebacker Ray Lewis. He was accused of murder, agreed to testify against the two men that were with him in exchange for his immunity.There was circumstantial evidence implicating Ray Lewis. There was no evidence linking the other two men so they walked. And so did Ray Lewis. That murder is still unsolved. Yet last year America opened their arms to him and celebrated his Super Bowl win with him.

But Michael Vick will never enjoy that same reception. Not universally any way. Vick apologized for what he did. He did all he could to make it right. There are a couple of recent articles that show evidence that Vick has come full circle. He is showing maturity that few men in his position ascend to. On November 12, 2013 he was asked if he is seen as the starter for the Philadelphia Eagles.

I don’t know. That’s not something that I’m thinking about at this point. The last thing I want to be is a distraction to this team. I’m just working hard to get myself healthy.

Of course this could be just the “right thing to say.” But I don’t think so. Because later in a brief interview with The News Journal he was asked about Nick Foles’ success.

I think Nick has played great. I think being under the pressure that he and this organization have been under, he’s played great. We’re all helping him. Coaches are coaching him. We’re putting him in a position to excel, and he’s doing it I’m really proud of what he’s doing.

That just seems genuine.

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