December 19, 2010
Maybe it’s time to forgive Michael Vick
I’ve been stingy in offering forgiveness to Michael Vick. I was skeptical when the former Atlanta Falcons star said he’d found Jesus. And the dog lover in me just hasn’t wanted to appreciate the possibility that prison really did set Vick straight. In the above video, Vick does some of the campaigning against animal cruelty that, ethically but not legally, he is more than obliged to do.
Today the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback orchestrated one of the greatest comebacks the league has ever seen—28 points in 7 minutes and 30 seconds—and he’s not only a lock for the NFL’s comeback player of the year but also a frontrunner for MVP. I’m still pulling for Philip Rivers, but I can’t claim Vick isn’t as worthy a candidate.
Eighteen months ago I mentioned an On Faith column from The Washington Post suggesting that Vick deserves redemption. Maybe now it’s truly time to forgive Michael Vick.
My wife, who is better with the grace and mercy than I, told me as much. Not forget the wicked acts he did, but give Vick the fresh start he likely has earned. ESPN’s Rick Reilly agrees:
You can read the rest here. The reality, of course, is that Vick doesn’t need our forgiveness. But he may well have earned it anyway.