The term "Rome wasn't built in a day" is an old expression that may have a new meaning in our society, especially within the NFL. Athletes have time and time again suffered from career damaging issues with the law and some have made "triumphant" comebacks. But it is truly amazing to see a somewhat "Cinderella story" such as the one with Michael Vicks. Being committed of dog fighting charges in 2007 Vick, an athletic "phenom" out of college (Virginia Tech) and into the NFL, suffered a drastic blow. So many athletes with numerous criminal allegations and cases, and yet none have seen as public attack as the "Vick Dog Fighting" case. But one should as the simplest question why? Why did this case "shake the nation"? Why, even after almost five years past the incident, does this story stay prevalent?
In 1997 Michael Vick was not a name that surrounded by national recognition. "He was an obscure athlete as a senior" Michael Harris of the Washington Times stated, for good reason, he wasn't the best player in the country, or the state, or even on his team at the time. He wasn't in the limelight for a while (which took a complete 180 turn later on) because around this time, Ronald Curry, former NFL wide receiver, was the player every college coveted. It was after Vick made it to Virginia Tech that his career "took off".
Vick was described as an amazing athlete, his style as a QB was unheard of at the time. He broke the "mold" that many quarterbacks at the time followed with his running tactics. He was an "instinctive" player that was exceptional at improvising on the fly. It was this skill that caught the Medias eye. Going from redshirting his freshmen year, to placing third in the Heisman trophy voting Vick had "climbed the ladder" so to speak in his college career
In the 2001 NFL Draft Vick signed a six year $ 62 million contract with the Falcons to be their starting Quarterback. In 2003 an injury shortened his season but didn't end the show for this man. Vick led his team to the NFC championships in 2004 and eventually help his team to the title contention which he would later sign a $130 million contract warranting his title as the 100 million dollar man.
With the Dog Fighting case that occurred it would have seemed that the clock would strike twelve on Vicks "Cinderella story". Sentenced to 23 months in prison then filing for bankruptcy who could blame you for thinking that. Many would have argued that his career was over but they, of course, were wrong. With determination in 2009 Vick silenced the "Nay-Sayers" when he was reinstated into the NFL. Eventually signing with the Philadelphia Eagles, Vick has climbed the ladder from being the 3rd string QB to now starting. He has gone from the constant public scrutiny to creating a more positive light around him by leading the eagles. Although making it to the Super Bowl is questionable, he has taking the necessary strides for his career. Rome was not built in a day and Michael Vick's career is far from being over.