The troubled quarterback has just been given a second shot that many feel he doesn’t deserve. The highly talented and flamboyant former Atlanta Falcon (he ranks third among quarterbacks in career rushing yards) was implicated in 2007 in an interstate dogfighting ring. Vick pleaded guilty to felony charges, was indefinitely suspended from the NFL and was sentenced to 23 months in federal prison in November 2007. A few months later, he filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
In July 2009, a couple of months after his release (Vick served 18 months of his sentence), NFL commissioner Roger Goodell conditionally reinstated Vick and said he would consider him for full reinstatement by Week 6 of the 2009 season at the latest. On Aug. 13, Vick signed a two-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. “I’m a believer that as long as people go through the right process, they deserve a second chance,” said head coach Andy Reid. Whether Vick’s shot at redemption ends in Super Bowl glory or holding a clipboard for veteran Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb remains to be seen.