$100 Million?! Michael Vick Just Signed The Most Outrageous Contract In NFL History
I don’t care if you’re the biggest Michael Vick fan in the world. I don’t care if you’ve followed him since his days at Virginia Tech, cheered for him when he played for the Atlanta Falcons, and believed in him enough to know that he’d be great again when he joined the Philadelphia Eagles. I don’t care if you own all five pairs of his signature sneakers, a shrink-wrapped copy of Madden 2004 bearing Vick’s mug on the cover, and every jersey he’s ever worn. I don’t care. I still don’t believe you if you say that you thought Vick would receive a six-year, $100 million contract from the Eagles in 2011.
It sounds like something that only would have happened in Fantasy Land just a few years ago. Vick, who served two years in prison on federal dogfighting charges beginning back in 2007, was broke back in 2008. He had allegedly squandered almost all of the money he’d earned in the NFL and, when he emerged from prison in 2009, he owed money to a handful of different creditors. He got a chance to play football again in 2009 thanks to the Eagles, but his contract was very small and it was widely believed that Vick’s best days were behind him. That he was playing football again was miraculous enough. Becoming a superstar in the NFL again just wasn’t an option.
And yet, here we are. Just two years after the Eagles gave him the opportunity of a lifetime, Vick has turned it into pure gold. The guy who almost got blackballed from the league and who would have been happy just to be on an NFL roster back in ’09 is now one of the highest-paid players in the NFL. Again. He’s now set to make at least $40 million and a total of $100 million if he stays on the Eagles for all six years of his contract. It’s literally unbelievable to think about how far Vick has come in the span of just two years—and what he was able to overcome to get here.
Somehow, Vick has taken his tragic tale and turned it into a fairy tale. He didn’t just need to overcome adversity. He needed to go through hell and back and then explain to the world why he’d put himself in such a precarious situation and then prove that he could still play football and then convince the Eagles that he still has a lot of life left in his legs and then grow into a leader for the team and then…Well, you get the point here. You couldn’t write a script that included all of these different factors. In fact, there’d be too much for the Vick character to overcome in a Hollywood film. It makes his story all the more incredible.
Does Vick deserve $100 million? As a player, yes. But, he also deserves it because, if nothing else, Vick has shown that you can overcome just about anything. No matter how bad things get and no matter how bad the decisions you make are, you can turn your life around. After being such a bad role model for a couple of years, Vick is now a model citizen. And it’s paid off—both literally and figuratively. Good for him.