"Michael Vick: Why All The Hate He's Not Taking Food Off Of Your Plate."

Tony RoseContributor IAugust 14, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - AUGUST 14: Michael Vick of the Philadelphia Eagles speaks at a press conference at the NovaCare Complex on August 14, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Vick signed a one-year contract, with a second year option, with the Eagles.  (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

I am here wondering why all the hate about the Eagles signing Michael Vick to a two year deal. All the man is doing is going back to work. Should he not go back to work? Should he be punished for the rest of his life? Wait, maybe he should have been given the death penalty or locked up for the rest of his playing years as a sentence.

I keep hearing people say playing in the NFL is a privilege, why is it?  A team tests you, drafts you and pays you for a service that in return makes that team millions and millions of dollars. When it's all said and done it also leaves most people crippled, that's a privilege?

An old high school buddy of mine responded to one of my Facebook posts about Mike Vick saying "I'm really sorry if it's a cultural thing, but I'm disgusted that he got signed at all. I guess Philly is OK with brotherly love, just not for dogs.

I replied back, "so what is he not supposed to work ever again? Then went on to say that it's not only him (my buddy), there are lots of owners and managers of companies that wouldn't hire an ex-con."  That in and of itself is another problem, what do you think those people that can't get work do? They go back to a life of crime, that's not a solution, that's furthering the problem.

Some of my former co-workers and current NFL analysts like Ron Jaworski, Mark Schlereth and several others would hope he would never get signed and probably secretly hope that he doesn't do well at all.  Thank goodness for the likes of Tony Dungy, Mike Ditka and Andy Reid to balance out the haters.

I hear what the people are saying about how Vick went about destroying the dogs. Hanging, drowning, electrocuting etc etc etc.  One thing I must point out is that this is the dog fighting culture, that is how they get rid of fallen dogs. If you have no knowledge of the life then you would not know that so I understand. In no way am I condoning it, personally i think it's horrible, but it is what it is.  Dog fighting was around way before Vick and will be around long after him. 

I also hear people saying that he doesn't deserve a second chance because he hasn't proved himself yet.  To those people I reply, what better way to let him prove himself than to have a stage where he is most visible to the public.  On this stage he can reach kids who might be swayed to continue the practice of dog fighting.

Now we have to deal with PETA.  This power hungry group will undoubtedly be picketing and causing a riot outside the stadium in the upcoming days. I don't understand how they can have such fire while Vick is working with the Humane Society.  Is it that PETA is mad Vick chose a different organization to work with. What's really good?

As I said before all the man is doing is going back to work, you can hate him you can love him but at the end of the day all he is doing is playing a game. If you take his status as a football player personal then you should probably check your priorities. I am sure there is something in your own life that you can be fixing instead of worrying about the next man.