What’s up Yard? It’s your boy B back at it again! Recently there’s been a lot going on in the sports world. One of the biggest stories has been Michael Vick’s release from prison. Everyone is debating whether or not he should be allowed to play in the NFL again. I just read an article about Vick’s release that mentions how NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has the right to lift his league suspension but needs to be convinced that he is genuinely remorseful of his actions.
Personally, I think Vick should be allowed to play in the NFL again and I’ve got 7 reasons why.
1. Reason number one is because no one is perfect. We all make mistakes and we all deserve second chances in life. Vick is no different from anyone else and I think he deserves a second chance.
2. My second reason is because before his incarceration, he was a great football player and the face of the league. I think the NFL would be better off having another exciting player like him back representing the league.
3. Three is because his road to redemption will serve as a great model to youth. It will show that even if you make mistakes, you can rise above them. You can be down and out in society but if you put your mind to it, you can work hard and bounce back.
4. Even though I’m not a fan of what he did wrong, in my opinion, there are a lot of folks in the NFL who have demonstrated behavior worse than his. You can look at guys like Leonard Little, of the St. Louis Rams, who pleaded guilty to a DUI that killed a woman in St. Louis in 1998 (his blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit). Since then, he’s had at least one other DUI offense in 2004! Jamal Lewis pled guilty to facilitating a drug transaction using his cell phone. Numerous other players have been convicted of crimes ranging from domestic abuse to drug possession and are still being allowed to play in the NFL…
5. If Vick has the passion to play and is good enough, he shouldn’t be denied his right to pursue the career he loves.
6. Number six is a bit of a selfish reason. I enjoy watching him play and would like to see if he can still develop into the game changing quarterback that Atlanta thought he could be. His mix of arm strength, speed and quickness is unmatched and we haven’t seen anything like it. Hopefully he will get the chance to build on that talent because if he does, we may see one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game.
7. Lastly, I feel that he’s paid his debt to society and should be allowed to work again just like anyone.
I think Roger Goodell is being tough on Vick by asking him to display “genuine remorse” for his actions. Who is he to judge if Vick is genuinely remorseful? Goodell works for the NFL but isn’t Vick’s conscience. Obviously Goodell hasn’t been the best judgment of character lately anyways (Pacman Jones). Vick was wrong but has paid a steep price. He doesn’t owe Goodell anything. He shouldn’t be held to a higher standard than anyone else. He’s served close to two years, lost all of his money, been crucified by the media and public and any additional punishment from the NFL would be as bad as the torture that he did to those dogs…