(Philadelphia, Pa) — During the whole Michael Vick dogfighting controversey I heard from many fans about where they stood on the infamous case and I can tell you it was not pretty. All the attention from the 2007 case, made me wonder what the factions of fans on both sides thought of the interesting article in the New York Daily News which talked about Vick playing football in prison. The article also indicated that Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank has been corresponding with Vick to help in his rehabilitation as a “person”. Some of Blank’s interesting quotes are below:
“Apparently, there was a prison football team and he played quarterback for both sides ….. He’s written me a couple of times. I’ve written him back, he’s stayed in touch ….. I just try to be supportive and as understanding as I can be. He talks about the process he is going through and what he has learned, the lessons of life, how he’s going to come out a different person. He’s sorry he has affected so many people in a negative way — the league, our club, our fans. He feels awful about that. The letters sound quite sincere to me. From a mental standpoint, he sounds good.”
I thought that the nugget of information 1) that Vick is playing football in prison — right out of the script of the Longest Yard — and 2) that Blank is talking with him to be very interesting. Regardless of what you think of Vick as he serves out his 23-month Federal sentence at the United States Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas be advised that Vick will more than likely get another look in the NFL. Though he plead guilty last August to a federal dogfighting conspiracy charge, I fully expect an NFL owner and definitely an Arena Football owner to take a look at him after his release.
There have been rumors that Vick could be released as soon as July 2009 depending on behavior, etc. But also remember that he a trial on state dogfighting charges in Virginia this June. The state trial was postponed from earlier and I have heard that case may not be as compelling as the Federal charges with a possible deal in the works. No matter what happens with his prison term and the state case, if Vick serves his time like Tank Johnson, Christian Peter, Leonard Little… (insert any of the many NFL players with legal problems) then he deserves another chance to play in the NFL.
Sure playing in the ‘yard will not be the same as being chased by Shawn Merriman, but at least Vick is active. He has already tackled the big hurdle of not having to pay back the Falcons $16.5 Million dollars of his signing bonus (NFL appealing) and by staying in shape and most importantly staying out of trouble, we may see the return of Michael Vick as a better person in 2009. I know Commissioner Roger Goodell will be watching to see how the melodrama will play out and with Pacman Jones getting back in the NFL soon, could Vick be far behind.
Anyway, stay tuned as I expect to hear more on Vick’s situation. Does anybody have any YouTube footage of Vick throwing passes to any members of the new Mean Machine??