Michael Vick, former Virginia Tech standout who was convicted of organizing a dogfighting ring, has signed with the Philadelphia Eagles.
I for one am disappointed in the team from Philadelphia. Yes, Vick did his time, but he also demonstrated that he is a reprehensible human being. The Eagles, by signing him, demonstrate a disregard for the character of the people in their organization and who they elevate to be a role model. They have admitted that a sense of ethics and personal responsibility are not important in their players, in the people they elevate to be role models.
There comes a point where character shouldn’t be just an afterthought. It should matter. It should be ranked at the top of your list, like Brian Westbrook on your fantasy football draft board. These are the intangibles that matter in football. They matter in the locker room and in the community.