Michael Vick was selected as the number one overall draft pick by the Atlanta Falcons. Vick’s path to heroism started here, when Vick was the first African American quarterback drafted first overall in the draft. Soon afterwards, Vick became a star for the Atlanta Falcons from the 2001-2006 seasons. While Vick was on the Atlanta Falcons, he led the Falcons to the playoffs twice, only to be have his season cut short from losses to the Eagles in the NFC-championships in 2002, and then to the Rams in 2004. Although a star on the field, Vick was the complete opposite off the field.
In the early stages of Vick’s NFL career, he was convicted of many felonies. In 2004, Vick was accused of marijuana distribution. Then in 2006, a woman accused Vick of giving her genital herpes without Vick informing her of his disease. Then in 2007, Vick’s father informed the Atlanta Journal-Constitution of dogfights that Vick held during the 2001 season. After an investigation took place in 2007, Vick, along with three of his friends, were convicted of unlawful dog fighting and were sentenced to jail from up to 12 months to 5 years. After Vick was sentenced to jail, his incarceration began on December 10th, 2007.
Other than these legal troubles, Vick also had financial troubles. At one time, Vick had declared bankruptcy because Vick had trouble paying for the seven friends a relatives that included his mother and brother, three children and their mothers. At one time, Vick was paying up to thirty thousand dollars a month on support for these people. Also, Vick was being sued by many companies for not holding up his contracts. All in all, Vick was in a heap load of trouble.
After serving time in jail, Vick was released in 2008 and on August 13, 2009, Vick signed a one year deal with the Eagles. After Vick signed as an Eagle, he was a little used reserve that played only a few minutes a game as a backup to Donovan McNabb, then the starter for the Eagles. Although Vick had not played that much during the season, he became the recipient for the Ed Block Courage Award, which was an honor that was voted by the players of the Eagles organization. The Ed Block Courage Award was an award that highlights a man who exemplifies commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage.
At the start of the 2010-2011 NFL season, Michael Vick was still the backup quarterback to Kevin Kolb after Donovan McNabb had been traded to the Redskins. However, when Kevin Kolb was injured during the third game of the season, Vick stepped into the game and played magnificently. After the game, Vick was named the starter for the Eagles and started every game that he played for the rest of the season. Vick then led the Eagles to the playoffs but were beaten in the first round by the 2010-2011 soon to be champions Packers. At the end of the season, Vick won the Associated Press Comeback Player of the Year Award.
In conclusion, Michael Vick’s journey back to the NFL gives everyone who has ever made mistakes in their lives hope. Vick is living proof of someone who has made mistakes in the past yet puts those mistakes behind and looks towards a bright future. Vick is the redemptive hero.