Will Vick Ever Play in the NFL Again?
The question being asked by people both inside and outside the NFL on the morning after Michael Vick agreed to plead guilty to the federal dogfighting charges against him is this:
Will Vick ever play in the NFL again?
Here's one view: It's too soon to know.
Vick is probably headed to prison for a year or more based on this plea agreement. He still could face state charges, and the NFL likely will suspend him. The Atlanta Falcons could release him. The easy thing to say this morning is that the 27-year-old quarterback won't play another NFL game, and there are plenty of people in and around the league who think that. What team, they wonder, could ever justify the signing of Vick to its fans?
But no one knows what the landscape will be in two or three or four years. Vick's every move in recent months has been scripted by lawyers and handlers. At some point, he will be free to say what he wants without being warned against it, and at that point he could choose to ask the public to forgive him. If he does, he might get that forgiveness or he might not. Things change over time. Perceptions change. People's thinking changes. This is not to say that Michael Vick definitely will play again in the NFL. But do we really know yet that he won't?
There certainly was a lively discussion here yesterday about Vick, so please feel free to weigh in with your thoughts on this issue.
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