I love comeback stories. And Michael Vick is as good an example as you’ll ever find. Yesterday he signed a $100 million 6-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, $40 million of which is guaranteed. Boy has he come a long way, and there is a lesson here to be learned.
Recall that he spent six years with the Atlanta Falcons before being implicated in a dog fighting ring of all things. And we’re not just talking about a dog fight in the back yard. Vick had a serious operation going that even had a name–Bad Newz Kennels. And when the feds came in, they threatend to go after him under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, better known in the mob movies as RICO. To make a long story short, Vick pleaded guilty. He spent 21 months in jail. With the loss of his NFL contract and endorsements, he was also forced to file bankruptcy.
Following his release from prison, he’s played with the Eagles beginning in 2009. Last year his work on the gridiron was considered phenomenal at times, and was clearly the best of his career. And now it’s payday for Michael Vick.
I love comeback stories. I don’t know if Michael Vick is a changed man. A crime like dog fighting has always been a mystery to me. I just don’t get the appeal. Stealing to feed your family I understand. But watching animals kill each other for sport and money is lost on me. But he did pay for his crime with money, time and reputation. Now he has fought his way back. And if Vick can come back from all that, we too can fight our way through financial difficulties.
But the real question, particularly for those Eagles fans out there, is this–Is he worth $100 million?