Written by Evan Pelliccia
A few years ago, Michael Vick was the most hated athlete in America. But since he has gotten out of jail he has completely turned his life around. He has made me change my opinion of him.
The former NFL superstar was at the top of the world before he found guilty for dogfighting. He had just recently signed the largest contract in NFL history, was on the cover of Madden 04, and he was the face of the NFL.
Many people believed that he should rot in jail for the rest of his life for killing those poor, innocent dogs. They thought he should never ever step foot on an NFL field again. Hundreds of people, including some animal rights activists stood outside the courthouse to protest. He was sentenced to 23 months in jail.
Once Vick was released from jail he began working out for NFL teams to try to revitalize his NFL career, but he also did a lot of work with the humane society and many other organizations to try and show people he had actually changed who he was as a person. He was also been in contact with famous NFL coach Tony Dungy while he was in jail and continued to work with him on building his character after he was released from prison.
All of that work still to not make people change their minds about him, he was still hated throughout the country.
The team that ended up signing him was the Philadelphia Eagles. The NFL blew up once he was signed, fans from all over did not approve of him being back in the league, especially Eagles fans. At the press conference where they announced the signing of Vick, many people stood outside of the NovaCare center (where the press conference was held) protesting him yet again.
Some people even held up hateful signs saying “Hide your beagles, Michael Vick’s an Eagle.” But none of the hate got to him.
As the NFL season got underway, he was not playing, everyone thought that he would get mad and do something about it, as he would have before going to prison, but he did nothing. That showed people that he wasn’t the hot heated, immature guy he once was.
By the end of the season, even by not playing and not drawing any unnecessary attention to himself, he still got massive media attention.
The next season, he had an MVP caliber season, and the Michael Vick fans came back to loving him. Even President Barack Obama called Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffery Lurie and thanked him for giving Michael Vick a second chance at an NFL career.
But what if Michael Vick had never been given that second chance by the Philadelphia Eagles? He would still be thought of as a terrible person even though he turned his life around tremendously. He would live the rest of his life with regret even though he deserved the chance.
Sometimes people make mistakes and then they get punished and finally realize that they can’t be doing what they did anymore, they grow up. Which is what Vick did.
Everyone makes mistakes, and everyone deserves to be able to make up for those mistakes.
He even owns a dog now, he built the trust of everyone to where they believed in him to have a dog. That’s pretty impressive.