In most people’s minds, Vick will never set foot in a NFL stadium ever again (unless he is the guy that scraps the gum off of the seats). He has committed a horrible crime, lied about what he has done, and he should get what he deserves.
On the contrary, there are some that think that Vick will play football again and that we have not heard the last of Michael Vick in football. One NFL general manager spoke about Vick’s situation before he accepted the plea deal. He also asked not to be unidentified.
“If he goes to prison, time will pass,” said the general manager. “Months or years will pass, if he does go to jail. If he went to jail, and then left prison down the road, he’d still be relatively young, and there’d be a line of 15 to 20 teams waiting to sign him. Trust me on that. Teams are going to say, ‘F— PETA. F— the bad pub. This guy is one of the most talented players of the last 10 years. I’ll take my chances.’”
The general manager also added that many teams will be looking at Vick to play with them because “we’re all whores in football”, and they would sign an ax murderer if he has the talent. He said Vick won’t most likely be back on the Atlanta Falcons, but he will be back in professional football. He said Vick will probably return as a running back.
A few NFL sources said they doubt NFL Commissioner Goodell will issue a lifetime ban against Vick. They said it will most likely be a suspension of one year.
Mike Freeman, a CBS Sports Online columnist said the NFL has employed murder suspects, women beaters, drug dealers, former gang members and other people with shady pasts. Despite what they did in the past, these men were signed on because they had the talent to play football.
Freeman also believes that Vick will get the best public relations firm in the world to protect him from his critics and to rally supporters on his side. He will be interviewed, will cry, apologize, and say he has paid his debt to society.
A NFL team will sign on Vick and say he has paid his debt, and he should be able to move on from his past. Once Vick leads his team to the postseason, Freeman said the comeback of Michael Vick will be complete.
Source: CBS Sports Online