He’s also convinced that Vick has learned his lesson following his incarceration in the federal penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kan., for his involvement in a criminal dogfighting enterprise.
As someone who has remained in contact with Vick before, during and after his imprisonment, Horn is certain that Vick is contrite about his misdeeds.
“Mike’s hungry to prove himself,” Horn said in a telephone interview this morning. “He’s very humble. He knows what he did is wrong, and he has paid his debt to society. He’s ready to get back in football. I’m happy for him, that he’s over his trial. He’s over that, and, now, he deserves that opportunity for a second chance.”
According to an ESPN report, Vick could meet with Goodell as soon as this week and may possibly gain conditional reinstatement to attend training camp if he’s signed by a team.
Under that scenario, a possible decision from Goodell on whether he’ll face further NFL discipline will be determined before the start of the regular season.
“Goodell is a hard, tough commissioner, and he should be,” Horn said. “He’s taking a stance in the NFL that I think everybody respects. I hope the meeting will go well. I hope he’ll see that Mike is sincere. I think he’ll give him that second chance.”
Horn said that Vick has been apologetic to him and other teammates about getting in trouble and hurting the Falcons’ prospects.
“We talk about that all the time,” said Horn, who was out of football last year and is hoping to catch on with a team as his agent has been in contact with the Baltimore Ravens and other NFL franchises. “He was one of the big reasons I came to Atlanta. He felt bad that his situation happened. When he left, I was kind of lost and looking for something exciting to happen.
“I tell him not to worry about it. I think he knows that I’m a true friend. Things happen for a reason. Hopefully, the opportunity to play with Mike will present itself again. You never know what might happen. I’m looking to get back on the field myself, so we’ll see.”
From a football standpoint, Horn is of the opinion that Vick will regain his skills and reprise his exciting style of play.
“Mike’s always going to be an exciting quarterback,” Horn said. “I know a lot of people talk about him changing positions, but Mike needs to play quarterback. I think he still has the arm strength and the speed. Any organization that takes a chance on him, I think they’ll be very lucky and very happy that they did.”