To say Michael Vick put on an amazing show Monday night in our nation’s capital is an understatement. It’s hard to describe just how awesome he was, but perhaps the stats will help.
-He passed for 333 yards and 4 TDs.
-He rushed for 80 yards and another 2 TDs.
-He is the first player to ever combine those stat lines in the same game.
As a sports fan, I’m excited when an athlete performs at such a spectacular level few can ever reach. I want to talk about it to everybody and ask them if they enjoyed it as much as I did. But not this time. Not with Vick. In fact, I feel guilty rooting for him on my fantasy team (which rallied to win from a 40-point deficit thanks to him).
The problem is, I still can’t shake off his past. Announcers keep talking about how he has turned his life around. But how do they know?
Michael Vick bankrolled a dogfighting ring. He either killed dogs, helped kill dogs or watched as dogs were killed. Just because he’s a better qb now than he ever was before doesn’t change what’s in his head and his heart.
I hope he has truly changed. I hope the public image is the same as the private person. But I don’t know. And I probably won’t ever know.
So I’ll be impressed by his exploits on the field. But I’ll always wonder about his exploits off the field.
THERE IT IS!