Vick deserves second chance
When news broke Thursday night that quarterback Michael Vick, who was convicted for his role in running a dogfighting ring, was signed by my Philadelphia Eagles, I was stunned. Then I thought that they made a mistake.
Still, I wasn't sure what to make of it before I went to bed, and said as much on my status. I wanted to sleep on it before writing a blog about it.
When I signed on the computer Friday morning to check my e-mail, one comment I received was that I was "ambivalent."
Ambivalent? That angered me.
I wasn't being ambivalent. In a world where people think the rants of conservative talkshow hosts like Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly are gospel, I like to think before I speak and write. I like to make a clear decision on my feelings.
– Do I like that the Eagles signed Vick? Not really, but I am OK with it. He did some awful things. That can't, and shouldn't be, forgotten.
– Do I believe in second chances? Yes, I do. Vick went to jail. He paid his debt to society. In his press conference Friday in Philadelphia, he realized what he did was wrong.
"I know I've done some terrible things, made a horrible mistake," Vick said. "Now, I want to be part of the solution and not the problem."
– Vick has former Tampa Bay and Indianapolis coach Tony Dungy counseling him. Is there any better person to do that? If Dungy believes in him, then I have every belief that Vick is a changed man.
– Can he make the Eagles better? Even though he has been out of football for two years, I think he can. Vick was a great running quarterback. And, in listening to Eagles coach Andy Reid's comments after Thursday's preseason game against New England, he seemed very enthusiastic about using Vick in all kinds of situations.
I've been hearing that Eagles fans are very upset, and some are willing to cancel their season tickets. And one friend of mine said her husband, a die-hard Eagles fan, was looking to root for another team.
For those of you who want to jump off the bandwagon, go ahead. The true Eagles fans don't need you. Ten years from now, when Vick is retired from the game and quarterback Donovan McNabb is a network analyst, I will still be rooting for the team I grew up with. I gritted my teeth and rooted for them when malcontent Terrell Owens was signed. He kept his mouth shut for a year, and the Eagles went to the Super Bowl. Of course, all hell broke loose the next season, which wasn't a surprise.
When the Eagles win the Super Bowl, don't expect to get back on the bandwagon. There is no room for you. And if you want to give up your season tickets, let me know. I will gladly take them off of your hands.
Am I being ambivalent now?
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