Friday, December 10, 2010

Michael Vick QB Philadelphia Eagles

I don't think there has ever been a career in professional sports that has had the highs and lows as Michael Vick's has. Coming into the league he was a surefire can't miss next big thing prospect drafted #1 overall by the Atlanta Falcons. There he made three Pro Bowls and led the Falcons to the playoffs twice, he was known for his amazing abilities on the field as a mobile QB, as he ranks second in the career rushing statistic for quarterbacks.

Then came the lows. He had many controversies on and off the field, flipping off opposing fans and receiving a fine for it, as well as a few off the field incidents including a hidden compartment found on a water bottle that appeared to be for stashing marijuana, however, he said it was for hiding jewelry. The other famous incident was when a woman sued him for knowingly giving him herpes. He had apparently known of it because he went to clinics under the alias Ron Mexico to get treatment for it.

Then came the lowest point in his career. He was indicted on federal dog fighting charges on 2007, and prosecuters stated that Vick financed the operation known as Bad Newz Kennels, and participated in dogfighting and execution of the dogs. In the end, he plead guilty in a plea deal to Conspiracy to Travel in Interstate Commerce in Aid of Unlawful Activities and to Sponsor a Dog in an Animal Fighting Venture, and admitted to knowing that dogs were killed and that he had been involved in 6-8 killings. He also tested positive to marijuana while free on bail. He ended up being sentenced to 23 months in jail. He was suspended indefinitely by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, even though he was a first time offender, because not only was it illegal what he had done, but it was reprehensible. He was released from jail July 20, 2009, and less than a month later he was back with another NFL team, the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Eagles mainly played Vick as a wildcat option his first year, while he sat behind Donovan McNabb and his successor, Kevin Kolb. In 2010 though, Kolb went down with a concussion, and Vick came in and played amazing and has since kept his starting job, outside of a injury that knocked him out for a few weeks. Despite missing the couple of weeks mid season, he is still listed high on everyone's MVP rankings, and leads all players in fan voting for the Pro Bowl this year. He's played so well, not just dogs are cheering for him, so is the judge that sentenced him to jail, saying:

"He's an example of how the system works. He’s having a terrific season, I’m very happy for him. I wish him the best of success.”

Now that he's back on the top of his career, here's hoping he stays there and continues to play lights out. 

1 comment:

  1. That damn moolie! Tucker Carlson was right. Vick needs to be executed.