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Is All Forgiven Because Michael Vick Plays Well?

Submitted by on September 27, 2010 – 9:54 am7 Comments

Look what a few good games can do.

Michael Vick was once one of the most hated athletes on the planet. But after paying his debt to society stemming from his involvement in an illegal interstate dog fighting ring, Vick has seemingly passed his test on the field with flying colors. In 2 1/2 games, Vick has stuffed the stat sheet like a Pro Bowl quarterback. He’s thrown for 750 yards and six touchdowns with no interceptions with a 2-0 record as a starting quarterback. He’s also shown he’s still incredibly agile by rushing for 170 yards and a touchdown. He’s made everyone in Philadelphia happy while making most of the world forget he was even incarcerated. And that shows exactly how shallow so many Americans are.

It is truly amazing how people can forgive and forget simply because Michael Vick performs well on the field. It’s unfair to Vick to know that if he plays well, all is forgotten because once Vick has a bad game, people will mock him as they did before his brilliant play. For those who were indifferent during the dog fighting fiasco or have always been supportive of the former Falcons QB, this isn’t for you. But if you were one of those individuals who trashed Michael Vick and now find yourself praising him for his “comeback,” you must be called out.

Vick’s comeback, thus far, is like a Hollywood movie. After being out of the league and in a jail cell without true on-field NFL practice, Vick has taken a golden opportunity and shown the world he can still be an elite quarterback in the NFL. One would think that his time away from the game would have hurt his ability. So far, Vick looks as sharp as ever. He’s adjusted to the speed of the game and somehow managed to improve as a quarterback while maintaining his running ability as if he never left the game.

However, if you hated Vick for the dog fighting, you should still hate him now. Just because he plays well shouldn’t let him off the hook if you condemned him. But fair-weather fans are holding Vick jersey’s up like Simba’s birth in The Lion King. Don’t insult the man’s intelligence. He knows he was hated before and is probably aware a few bad NFL games will have those very fans turn on him.

It’s shallow and lame to think that an athlete can have his past forgotten with a few touchdown passes. But apparently that’s who we are as fans.

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