Michael Vick hasn’t made a total financial recovery from his epic Fall From Grace, but the $40 million guaranteed in his new six-year, $100 million deal should render him solvent again.
Has anybody ever staged a more remarkable professional comeback? From losing everything, becoming a reviled national villain and doing hard prison time to regaining NFL stardom and the nine-digit compensation that comes with it . . . well, that seldom happens, even in America.
Here is what the Philly scribes are writing about this:
Martin Frank, Camden Courier Post: “Vick didn’t get this contract because he rebuilt his image as a person after serving nearly two years in prison for his crimes. Make no mistake, that was certainly a big part of it as Vick stayed out of trouble and spoke out often against animal cruelty. Vick got this mega-contract because he rebuilt his NFL career. Only New England’s Tom Brady and Indianapolis’ Peyton Manning make more among quarterbacks. That was perhaps the most stunning part as Vick went from third-string quarterback in 2009, buried well behind Donovan McNabb and heir-apparent Kevin Kolb, to the franchise quarterback now.”
John Smallwood, Philadelphia Daily News: “Cha-ching, the prodigal quarterback has received his final reward for changing his ways. Virtually all that was thrown away has been regained. And if Vick has to be forever referred to as a ‘dog killer’ by those who cannot forgive him, he'll live with that - wealthily.”
Phil Sheridan, Philadelphia Inquirer: “Now, with his signature on a new nine-figure contract, comes the ever-after part of his tale. There is no question that Vick has made the most of the opportunity the Eagles gave him to resurrect his once brilliant career. On the field, he has again performed as if he escaped from your X-Box, a video-game figure come thrillingly to life. Off the field, he hasn't been perfect, but he's been close enough to vindicate the Eagles and the NFL for giving him a second chance. But all of that has been accomplished by a man chasing one more set-for-life megacontract. Vick had just such a deal with the Atlanta Falcons, but he lost it all, and then some, when he went to federal prison and into bankruptcy. As long as that contract was out there, just out of his reach, Vick had literally 100 million reasons to be a solid citizen, coachable player, and consummate teammate. He had 100 million reasons not to be the man he was before he lost everything. Now the deal is done and he has 100 million temptations to go right back to his old ways.”
CRUMMY EFFORT OF NIGHT
The Giants mustered just two hits during a 7-0 loss to the hapless Cubs. That untimely loss knocked San Francisco five games behind the division-leading Diamondbacks with 27 games to play.
We’d like to think the defending World Champions can muster another dramatic September push, but quick check of their surviving everyday players suggests that is most unlikely.
How will the Phillies rank among the all-time great starting rotations in recent MLB history? How cool is it to have Roy Oswalt as your No. 4?
What's more fun to watch than an Eagles cheerleader eating a cupcake in her underwear?
Don't you just have to watch Ron Artest on "Dancing with the Stars"?
FROM THE TWEETDECK
Jen Floyd Engel: “Good luck A&M. You made the right decision. But I am sad for death of tradition, rivalry, battle w:UT. #gigem”
Eric Stangel: “Madden '12 Cheat- Press Up, Down, Up, Down & Start and Albert Haynesworth will actually appear on the field . . .”
Jim Rome: “Hate what he did, and I do, but Michael Vick's comeback is astonishing. I didn't think he had it in him. I don't think most do. I was wrong.”
Darren Rovell: "Vick will make $17,077 per hour based on an 8-hour work day during NFL season. He made 12 cents an hour in prison."
FROM THE BLOG-O-SPEAR
Sorry Bro: Sports Through Houser: “In a strange turn of events, a NFL team will celebrate another NFL team's QB's past accomplishments while playing for the same state's college. When Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos visit south Florida on Oct. 23, the Miami Dolphins plan to bring in Urban Meyer and other members of the 2009 Florida Gators football team to honor them for their BCS Championship. Dolphins CEO Mike Dee announced during the Dolphins preseason game broadcast on Saturday. It will be strange for the other team's (fourth?) QB on the depth chart to be honored by a team during the middle of competition. Start the speculation as to why they would honor another team's QB while their own QB situation is a mess. Tim Tebow to the Miami Dolphins by 2012?”