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Vick Is A Tough Call


A lot of Vikings fans will come out of this whole Favre saga with the knee-jerk reaction of expecting the Vikings to pursue recently reinstated quarterback (and felon) Michael Vick.  While I think the Vikings front office will not be so eager to move on to another circus, which Vick would surely cause, it is an interesting enough topic to at least explore. 

In my opinion, Michael Vick deserves the chance that Commissioner Goodell has given him.  The man served 19 months in prison and paid a crazy amount of money.  That being said, what he did is gruesome, awful, and to many people unforgivable. 

However, that does not change the fact that football and dog-fighting are two unrelated matters, and Vick’s employment status should not be used as additional punishment to what the Federal Courts deemed necessary.  It’s not like he’s going back to his old job as dog catcher, pet shop owner, or school teacher.  His potential employment by an NFL team does not, in my opinion, increase his odds of repeating his misconduct.

In fact, I think being employed by the NFL will decrease his odds of repeating his transgressions and increase his odds of turning his life around.  Knowing that he is on his last thread of tolerance with a no-nonsense commissioner is just the sort of accountability that should keep him on his best behavior.  That combined with a group stellar role models that want to help him become a better man, like Tony Dungy, is just the type of positive influence that may have prevented these crimes in the first place.  There is no guarantee that the CFL or UFL would provide the support and mentoring that the NFL has offered to Vick, and what good-hearted human being wouldn’t like to see him turn his life around and become a productive member of society?

Now, the catch is whether or not any teams will be interested in taking the P.R. hit that would come with Vick’s signing, and whether or not any team would be willing to take the risk. 

The Vikings could sure use another play maker and the Wild Cat formations would thrive with Vick in the backfield.  His running ability is probably still potent enough to take some attention away from Adrian Peterson and his throwing ability is possibly still good enough to be a starter in this league.  He would also come rather cheaply at this point, as over half the league’s teams have declared no interest in Vick (the Vikings are included on that list).

I’ve been saying for almost 90 days now that the potential signing of Brett Favre was a great business move and a poor football move.  To be honest, I think Vick would be the exact opposite of that.  He would make the Vikings the topic of much scorn and hatred in the public eye, and there may even be some boycotting problems if he were to sign, but his potential on the field could make the vikings offense incredibly dangerous.

I do not see it happening, but the topic is both possible and intriguing, so I thought it was worth discussing.  So what do you all think Vikings fans?  Let me know in the comments section.

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3 Responses to “Vick Is A Tough Call”

  1. Trevor says:

    i say bring he kant hurt anything and he has the power to get it to berrian i dont see why you wouldnt bring him in sign him to a short 2 mill if that

  2. Dylan says:

    OMG! I would love for this to happen. If you think about it, we have T-Jack, which is a poor man’s version of Michael Vick. Why not just get the real deal? All the Vikings need is a QB and we are Super Bowl bound. I know all Viking fans remember that run that beat us in OT a few years back. Sign him, and while youre at it, add a ‘C’ to the team name. We could be the Minnesota Vickings

  3. Bridgit says:

    I couldn’t stand Vick before his felony and I probably wouldn’t watch a team that hires him. His skill set is unique but not that outstanding and the reputation he brings with him wouldn’t help on the business/pr side of things, but I am sure I can be proven wrong.


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