Did you know that Michael Vick is in the running to become the Most Valuable Player of the National Football League?
Did you also know that Vick, at this time, is the leading vote getter for the Pro Bowl, eclipsing superstars Tom Brady and Peyton Manning?
It seems that a great number of fans and members of the media are okay with separating his professional life from his personal exploits. Vick does have value for his team and the league but where does his true value lie? Vick will forever be linked to dogs and dog fighting and that is the price for his actions. As he continues to shine on the football field,people may start to think of him more as a football player and less as a dog fighter.
America is a country of second chances and we seem drawn to stories of redemption. I'm not saying that you should forgive Vick for what he did to dogs, forgiveness is a personal thing and that's up to you. I would say that we should never forget or excuse his transgressions or let them be overshadowed by his play.
This story has brought some much needed attention to the criminal activities associated with dog fighting and it will continue to do so I do not condone his actions, but his status as a superstar convicted of dog fighting has helped raise awareness for the problem. When I hear his name, I will always think of dogs and am reminded of what I can do to help make some positive changes in the community. I hope that many people feel the same way. If so, then Vick truly does have value, not as a player but as a person.
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