NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell condemned Michael Vick when Vick went to prison for running a dog fighting ring, but the two of them have since developed a mutual respect.
Vick has said many times that he appreciates Goodell allowing him back into the NFL after his prison sentence ended, and Goodell said at today’s league meeting that he respects Vick and believes Vick is genuine about turning his life around.
“I’ll be happy to talk about the general views toward Michael,” Goodell said. “I think Michael is a young man who made a tragic mistake. He paid a very heavy price for it. But I’ve seen him, in everything he’s done, exceed expectations. He has worked very hard to be a positive force in a lot of different areas. And I think that’s something I admire about him. When we went through the process of reviewing whether he would enter back into the league, he demonstrated he’s somebody who’s committed to saying, ‘I’m going to do this the right way. I’m going to be a positive force.’ And he has. I’m proud of the work he’s done.”
In seven years, Vick has gone from a disgraced ex-star on his way to prison to a veteran who is expected to be a team leader on the Jets.