Michael Vick, current quarterback for the Philedelphia Eagles, and former quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons, is being consider for MVP; however, Vick faces a clouded past that may affect the public’s view on him. In 2007, Vick was indicted on charges of being involved in dog fighting while acting as quarterback for the Atlanta Flacons; fights that lead to the known deaths of eight dogs.
Dog fighting has been around for centuries, however, it doesn’t lessen the reality of dog fighting. Dog fighting is vicious and the animals involved are abused, endangered, injured and killed for the sake of sport. Dog fighting is illegal in the United States and the ASPCA has made countless efforts to help end the cruel practice of dog fighting in America.
Vick spent two years in prison after being sentenced for his involvement in dog fighting. Vick suffered greatly due to his incarceration, and was forced to declare bankruptcy. Vick, however, has impressed everyone with his professional comeback. The critics are even singing his praises, Don Banks of Si.com states, “There are comebacks, and then there are comebacks, and Vick’s career renaissance is in a league of its own,” Banks said. “Nothing more than a bit player for the Eagles during the 2009 season — his first season back in the league after serving almost two years in prison because of his dogfighting conviction — Vick has electrified the NFL in 2010 like no one else.”
Vick does have a lot to be proud of when it comes to his professional comeback. Vick has little real competition on the field and is the top ranked passer by the NFC with a rating of 103.6. Vick is responsible for 28 touchdowns; 20 of these passing and eight rushing against a mere five interceptions. Vick has completed 60% of his passes for 405 yards for the Eagle’s past five games. During these past five games, Vick scored four touchdowns, rushing thirteen times for 108 yards.
Although critics are singing his praises, fans are still wavering in their opinions of Vick, especially with Vick’s latest statement to the public during an interview with NBC, “I would love to get another dog in the future. I think it would be a big step for me in the rehabilitation process,” Part of Vick’s probation conditions included that he was not permitted to own a dog; just as a pedophile is not permitted near or around children, those who mishandle or abuse animals are restricted in their access to them. The public, however, was outraged by Vick’s desire to own another dog.
For now, it is unclear if Vick will make it to claim the title of MVP. Professionally, he has what it takes to claim the title, but the public’s opinion of his personal life has the potential to influence whether or not he receives the title.