Thursday, May 7, 2009

Tony Dungy Drops Knowledge on Vick

Michael Vick met Tuesday with former Colts coach Tony Dungy at the federal prison in Leavenworth, Kan.

"I can confirm that Michael met with Coach Dungy," Vick's agent, Joel Segal, said. "The discussions were private, but the meeting was very positive."

Vick met with Dungy to discuss his life after he gets out of prison. He is scheduled to leave Leavenworth May 20 and serve the remainder of his sentence under home confinement at his five-bedroom home in Hampton, Va., with his fiancée and two of his children. His sentence ends July 20, and he will be on supervised probation for the next three years. Once he leaves Leavenworth, he will work 40 hours a week at a construction company in Hampton, making $10 an hour. Vick pleaded guilty to a federal charge related to funding a dogfighting operation, and was suspended indefinitely by the NFL in August 2007.


Michael Vick was wrong for running a dog fighting ring. Dead wrong. He had was being paid handsomely to play a game many of us play for free. Unfortunately, he let his superstardom give him a sense of invincibility. The Feds found out what he was doing and pretty much stripped him of everything he has earned over the years. Vick definitely deserved to go to prison, but his sentence was excessive. There are rapists and drug dealers who do less time than Ron Mexico is doing. Fanatical dog lovers and self-righteous people across the country will vilify Vick for the rest of his life. Vick's actions were stupid, but he should be given the opportunity to redeem himself.

I hope speaking with Dungy will motivate Vick to become a better person once he is released. I admire Dungy for going to see Vick because a lot of people hate the former Falcon's quarterback. Dungy is clearly not concerned about what the meeting will do to his image. His focus is on helping a young brother turn his life around. The world would be a better place if people were less judgmental and more forgiving. Dungy embodies the traits that we should all strive to gain. Willie Hutch's "Brothers Gonna Work It Out" would be playing in the background if the meeting between Dungy and Vick was televised.

Now don't give him no peace sign
If you don't mean it from your heart
United we can get over
But yet we're still apart