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Michael Vick: No Hero MAG

By Anonymous

The Michael Vick saga is the story of a man who had everything and lost it all. And I cannot remember a tale more atrocious than his.

In 2001, the Atlanta Falcons selected Vick to be their franchise quarterback. He was seen as the savior of the team. The Falcons were so sure about Vick, they traded a shot at getting LaDainian Tomlinson, who many ­considered the best running back in the NFL. After the 2002 season, when Vick led the Falcons to the playoffs with a 9-6-1 record and beat Brett Favre in Lambeau Field, he received the biggest contract in NFL history: $130 million for 10 years. The following year, Vick missed most of the season with a broken ankle. In 2004, he led Atlanta to the NFC Championship but fell short.

Last year, Vick’s legal issues began to mount. In January, he was held at an airport on possession of marijuana, but tests revealed no illegal substances and he was never charged. In April, Vick was charged and convicted of dogfighting. His sentencing date – December 10th – was the same day the Falcons would play the Saints on Monday Night Football. He was sentenced to 23 months in prison.

In my opinion, this penalty is not harsh enough. By forcing innocent dogs to fight to the death, Vick has disgraced his family, the Falcons, and the city of Atlanta. Vick had a dogfighting ring on his property and mass graves for the burial of these dogs yet he initially pleaded not guilty. This is a testament to how immature Michael Vick really is.

Vick himself made me mad enough, but then I watched the Monday Night game. “Free Vick” signs were visible around the stadium. When Roddy White scored a touchdown, he displayed a “Free Mike Vick” T-shirt. I could only think, Do they know what this man did? He killed innocent animals for his own amusement. And, to me, the reaction by the Falcon fans was distasteful and atrocious. Vick deserved to be disciplined. Atlanta must realize the severity of his actions.

The Falcons and their fans need to move on. To me, Vick has played his last down in the National Football League. And rightfully so.

Michael Vick is no hero. He was an average quarterback who could run. But it’s time for the Falcons to move on and forget him.

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This article has 365 comments.

on Sep. 16 2008 at 3:20 pm
You act as if this was the first time dogfighting has ever occured. this is super small compared to whats being right now as we speak. do some real research on other nfl players and the crimes they've committed which have not nearly been enlarged as mike vick, furthermore he will return, and vick happens to be a HERO to many contrary to your opinion. This is not really even an informative article its mostly the way you feel about him and his situation filled with way more opinions than facts. oh well, whether you like it or not he'll be back in the nfl, and will break more records. good day

sconner said...
on Sep. 13 2008 at 7:31 pm
Great article I hope Vick gets a boyfriend in jail named sparkles.

Paul said...
on Sep. 9 2008 at 7:27 pm
This is a well-written article. The author makes it clear when he is reporting facts and when he is offering opinions. It is informative, well-organized, and well-proof-read. The dates are not correct, however. The dogs were discovered in April; Vick was charged in July, and he was convicted in August. I agree with the author that Vick should never play again in the National Football League.

Barry Freese said...
on Sep. 9 2008 at 4:47 pm
Aren't you guys just a little late on this one? Come on. The outrage over dogs is so 2007.

galaxy9 said...
on Sep. 9 2008 at 2:33 pm
I would like to comment on this person's comments. I applaud the people who are supporting Vick. I really believe that Vick should be held accountable for what he did, and he is paying the price. He has to answer for his wrongdoings, so you need to grow up and get over it and concentrate on some your character defects. I hope the NFL give him a second chance to prove to the world, that he has overcome this part of his life and he can move on. So Fans, keep on supporting Mike Vick.