Three years ago, Michael Vick was in prison for dog fighting. Today, he has a $100 million contract to quarterback the Eagles. And F. Scott Fitzgerald claimed there were no second acts in American life.
Some will never forgive Vick for cruelly abusing dogs, or the Eagles for hiring him. When Vick came out of prison, it was fair to wonder if he deserved the opportunity to play pro football again.
Since then, though, Vick has done what he needed to do: Show contrition, do good works, and stay out of trouble. He got a second chance from a society that does not often give second chances to young black men with a criminal record.