Is Michael Vick a role model? Yes*.
That question will undoubtedly be brought up hundreds of times throughout his career, but not just by the talking heads on television. This is a discussion that transcends the sporting world. It’s a conversion that has and will continue to be had in barber shops, living rooms, schools, prisons, and every social situation where his name is brought up. Each person is entitled to their particular opinion and has the right to voice that opinion, an extension of our right to free speech. His case, in particular, is an example of another right that although not written on a bill should be given to all of us; the right to have a second chance.
To my opinion, I attach the “dreaded asterisk” because there are obvious caveats to such a controversial question. As with many good questions there are often several good answers. The best answer to this question depends on who is to see Michael Vick as the role model and how they apply his very public transgressions to themselves.
When many people consider a role model they often think of the subject of the “role modeling” to be a child. The question many have is; could I allow my kids to look up to someone who committed such a heinous and violent crime against another living thing? My answer is yes with an asterisk. Everyone at one point in time does something that they are not proud of to varying degrees. The lesson for young ones can be two folds, what not to do and how to conduct themselves after whatever they’ve eventually done wrong.
More importantly, in my opinion, Michael Vick is a role model to the vast majority of us that are “non-children”. By “non-children” I’m referring to the overwhelming population of us that have done something they deeply regretted and wondered how they are to pick up the pieces and learn from their mistakes. We are not all innocent, unblemished, peace keepers as some pretend to be. All of us “non-children” at one point, no matter the scale, have done something wrong as well as had to contemplate the best way to learn and pay retribution for that action.
So how had Michael Vick faired in his retribution? Admirable, humble, remorseful, giving and many other characteristics one would hope a role model to be. Now in no way do I condone the actions he did that led him to prison, but I do condone the manner that he has conducted himself after a well-deserved 19 month rehabilitation stint in his jail cell in Kansas. I commend how he has taken advantage of his second chance. He is a role model in model in my opinion, what’s yours?