Michael Vick was the highest-paid player in the NFL. Now he's a player without a club, an ex-felon, and an American archetype — a man seeking redemption.
The former Atlanta Falcons quarterback, a number-one draft pick, had one of the most dramatic rise-and-fall acts in sports history. He was a human highlight film. His endorsements were through the roof. Then, he was convicted for his role in a dog-fighting ring.
Now he's done his time, and a new chapter is set to begin — if the league and the public find a place for a man who says he’s changed.
This hour, On Point: The meaning of the Michael Vick story, and what we bring to it.
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Joining me now from Smyrna, Georgia is Terence Moore, national correspondent at AOL Fanhouse. He spent 25 years as a columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where he had a front row seat to Michael Vick's career with the Atlanta Falcons.
With us from Port Washington, New York is George Vecsey, sports columnist at The New York Times.
And joining us from Austin, Texas is Leonard Moore, professor of history at the University of Texas, where he teaches a popular course on race, sport, and hip-hop.
This program aired on July 30, 2009.