All is right with the world! Former Falcon’s quarterback Michael Vick has been reinstated back into the NFL. Finally. With conditions. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made the announcement yesterday via a press conference. Goodell’s conditional reinstatement permits Vick to latch on immediately with any team that will have him, with full membership and participation. Vick can even play in the final two preseason games. This is major being that there are still those who hate on the embattled quarterback. He’s been given another chance and I’m oh so happy right now!
Vick is suspended for the beginning of the regular season, but can show up at headquarters and do all the heavy lifting required to fit in and come back. Goodell said he’ll make a decision regarding FULL reinstatement no later than Week 6 of the NFL season (Oct. 18-19). That also means that Vick may be seen in Sunday games by mid-to-late September, provided he dots his I’s and crosses his T’s to Goodell’s satisfaction.
Vick issued the following statement in response:
“I would like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to commissioner Goodell for allowing me to be readmitted to the National Football League. I fully understand that playing football in the NFL is a privilege, not a right, and I am truly thankful for the opportunity I have been given.
As you can imagine, the last two years have given me time to re-evaluate my life, mature as an individual and fully understand the terrible mistakes I have made in the past and what type of life I must lead moving forward.
Again, I want to thank the commissioner for the chance to return to the game I love and the opportunity to become an example of positive change.”
No word yet on where Vick will land. Many teams have already flat out said “No” to the quarterback, but I’ve heard that the Redskins may be interested in bringing him aboard. Whatever the case, the team that picks up Vick will be my new personal favorite from now on. I don’t care what y’all say…
News footage below: