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The possibility of Michael Vick being re-instated in the NFL has been a hot topic lately. Currently, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is in the process of deciding whether or not Vick will be eligible to return and play football. If he is granted permission to play, who will welcome him to their team? It has been suggested by some that the Pats should take him. Would Michael Vick make a good addition as a quarterback on the Patriots offense?
Some people, such as Michael Irvin, an NFL Hall of Famer, have glorified Vick lately for his past career in the NFL. So, does anyone actually remember what it was like when Vick played as quarterback for the Falcons? The victorious seasons? There were few. 2004 was the only season that he can pride himself on, as the Falcons went 11-5.
Vick’s career with the Falcons showed his inability to be anything but above average. He did not live up to the hype of being the No. 1 draft pick in the NFL for 2001. The Falcons believed they were getting a key quarterback from Virginia Tech. But, when Vick took the field, it was evident that his skills would be better suited as a running back.
Vick’s most impressive feat came in 2006 when he broke the record for the most rushing yards by a quarterback in a season with 1,093 yards. One cannot say that he lacks talent when it comes to running the ball. However, as quarterback, he is incapable of executing accurate and successful passes that others, such as Tom Brady or Peyton Manning, do effortlessly.
The Falcons, Jets, and Giants have already stated they don’t want him. Who is in such a dire situation that they would consider signing Vick? There are handfuls of average quarterbacks who have a lot less baggage. The Patriots have Brady. Enough said. Assuming that he will be injury free, Pats fans are highly anticipating a successful 2009 season. Belichick and the Pats should pass on an opportunity to work with Vick, unless it involves a different position.
A team’s consideration of signing Vick should not reflect his criminal actions; the ultimate reason for signing Vick should depend upon his performance. It would be incredibly hypocritical for the NFL to deny Vick re-instatement because of his criminal past. How many players have been accused and or found guilty of sexual assault and other criminal activity, yet were allowed to play again? The NFL should not lightly slap the wrist of one guilty player and permanently ban another.