Here's something that you probably would have never believed 3 years ago. The NFL has invited Michael Vick to speak to the 2012 rookie class as part of the NFL's rookie symposium this Sunday at the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
The rookie will be split into separate AFC and NFC panels.
"We have reduced the number of draftees simultaneously attending the symposium to create the most favorable learning environment," said Vincent, former Eagle and NFL VP of Player Engagement. "Each rookie should leave the symposium with the knowledge and history of where our game began, where it is today, and challenged to make a positive personal impact on the future of our game. The NFL and its clubs are committed to providing players with the best resources to succeed both on and off the field."
That Vick has progressed to the point where the NFL is holding him up as an example to rookies is certainly a sign of how far he's come. Of course, he's not there for just his model citizenship of the past couple years. He'll also obviously be a cautionary tale and be able to speak about the dangers that come with being rich and famous better than maybe anyone in the game now.
Pacman Jones and Terrell Owens will also be speaking with the rookies.
Panel discussion topics include "Transitioning to NFL," "Self Regulation," "Are You Bigger than the Game," "Staying in the Game," Expectations of an NFL Player," and "What Defines Success."