After 2 years away from football, Michael Vick is back in the NFL on a conditional basis.
Michael Vick has been reinstated on a conditional basis by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. According to Goodell, these conditions allow Vick to sign, practice and play in the final two preseason games, Vick will also have former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy to serve as his mentor. Finally, Goodell will evaluate Vick’s reinstatement status by week 6. It still sounds like a blanket suspension if Goodell stretches this out til week six. But I’ll take what I can get if it means getting him back into the League.
In a statement released to the Associated Press, Vick expresses remorse and gratitude for the opportunity to play in the NFL once again:
“I would like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to commissioner Goodell for allowing me to be readmitted to the National Football League,” Vick said. “I fully understand that playing football in the NFL is a privilege, not a right, and I am truly thankful for the opportunity I have been given.
“As you can imagine, the last two years have given me time to re-evaluate my life, mature as an individual and fully understand the terrible mistakes I have made in the past and what type of life I must lead moving forward.”
Personally, I hope that it works out for Vick – he has paid his debt and deserves another opportunity to earn a living.
Stay tuned for my NFL Preseason Power Rankings later in the week.