Michael Vick: A Fallen Superstar
Posted November 25, 2008on:
Michael Vick is an example of how a professional athlete succumbing to bad behavior can ruin a legacy forever. The former Atlanta Falcons quarterback had everything going for him (talent, money, fame, etc.) and then lost it all over a hobby that he shared with his friends back in Virginia: dog-fighting.
Vick has already been serving a 23-month federal sentence in Kansas, a conviction that will put him behind bars until July of 2009 along with three years probation following his release. Just recently, he pleaded guilty to state charges of dog-fighting, which may actually shorten his federal sentence and help his chances of returning to professional football. Here is the latest ESPN article on Vick, which details his latest guilty plea.
In terms of Vick’s wealth, the former Virginia Tech stand out is now bankrupt, losing his house in Surry County, Virginia, and nearly all of his $130 million dollar contract that he signed with Atlanta in 2004. When Vick is released from a Kansas jail next July, the lifestyle that he once lived will be all but relinquished.
Lastly, we knew that the 28-year old Vick’s legacy was in serious trouble when he was convicted in August of 2007. Today, the question remains whether or not he will be given a second chance to play professional football. Is there anyone out there that thinks that once Vick has served out his sentence, he should be given the opportunity to play again?
Time is certainly not in Vick’s favor, and his former Atlanta Falcons teammates are doing just fine without him, carrying a winning record under rookie quarterback, Matt Ryan. At 7-4, Ryan and the Falcons are in the hunt for an NFC playoff spot. A playoff apppearance by Atlanta would be the first time the Falcons have qualified for the playoffs since 2004, when Vick led the team to the NFC Championship game.