Originally written on Eagles Faithful  |  Last updated 10/25/14
At this point, everyone knows the Michael Vick story. The Virginia Tech product, was drafted number one overall by the Atlanta Falcons in 2001. He came into the NFL and immediately began to create a following. Vick was special. He had running back speed and his arm was touched by the football gods. Vick, although only completing a full season once, was handed a $135 million contract by Arthur Blank and those Falcons in 2004. Three years later, the quarterback would find himself in jail serving a 23-month sentence for dogfighting. Michael Vick was released from prison and granted a second chance at life and football when the Andy Reid led Eagles signed him to a two-year contract in 2009. The Virginia natives signing with the Eagles was met with both anger and skepticism. People were attacking the Eagles for signing Vick and attacking Vick for his past transgressions. So how now, in 2013, has Vick been (mostly) forgiven and revered for his leadership of both the team and as a man? The answer is simple. Money. According to TMZ, Michael Vick worked hard on his public image to the tune of $111,317! The plan was simple, get Michael Vick out in the public eye in situations where the reporter, talk show host, or people would be sympathetic. It worked. Now, by all means, this does not mean that Vick has not worked hard to rebuild his image. Getting a little help is always allowed. The quarterback continues to speak with children  about the dangers of dogfighting and street life. Dare I say, Michael Vick has become a role model? Besides working with underprivileged children and providing his story and explaining his mistakes, Vick has created the Team Vick Foundation. The Foundation states: “Team Vick Foundation is strengthened by an unwavering commitment to transforming lives of underserved young people, aging adults and families with a deliberate focus on Community Outreach, Life Skills and Leadership Development, as well as Nutrition & Wellness Lifestyles. Our goal is to create opportunities to form lasting and meaningful friendships through community ties and to strengthen family relationships.” The 33-year old has grown to become a pillar of the community and socially aware of his status as a leader on and off the football field. In America, we believe that everyone deserves a second chance, and by all accounts, Michael Vick is the “American Dream.” The post The Michael Vick Experience Returns, But At What Price? appeared first on Eagles Faithful.

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