The Philadelphia Eagles have made quarterback Michael Vick a VERY rich man for what he does on the football field. How rich? About $100 million U-S rich (give or take a few million).

Oh and $40 million of that is guaranteed money. Even if they cut him or release him next week – he takes home 40-mill.

Not bad for a guy who not that long ago spent 18 months of his life in a Federal Penitentiary on dog-fighting charges.

18 months he will never get back. 18 months that in his mind means he has done his time and can now move on with his life, and his football career.

However in the minds of many, the fact that he’s still playing football and not rotting in a prison somewhere is too much for them to handle. The fact that he’s now going to collect more money than most of those people will ever see (collectively) – might just send them over the edge.

Public opinion is what it is; and only those who have said opinion can change or modify it.

As for me, as reprehensible as Vick’s involvement was, he was convicted and did his time. He was wrong and he paid for it. He paid dearly, but for many he didn’t pay nearly enough, and in many ways – you may be right.

Vick was the #1 overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft and became a mega-star with the Atlanta Falcons. In 2005 he signed a 10-year, $130 million deal. It was a deal that made him the highest paid player in the league.

In 2007 his world came crashing down when he was sentenced to 23 months in prison for running what was labelled as a “…cruel and inhumane…” dog-fighting ring and lying about it.

Eventually he filed for bankruptcy and hit rock bottom. When he finally got out, questions about his return to football were many. In 2009 he signed on with the Eagles in an effort to return to the game he loves and played sparingly as the 3rd string QB behind Donovan McNabb and Kevin Kolb. When McNabb became a Redskin and Kolb got hurt – Vick shined in his appearances and eventually won the starting job.

This past season he led the Eagles to an 8-3 record in 11 starts and helped Philadelphia win the NFC East title. He was also starting quarterback in the Pro Bowl and while he was in the conversation for league MVP – he did win Associated Press’ NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award.

It’s been a LONG road for Vick. His highs have been very high and his lows have been very low.

That being said, life doesn’t go backwards – it only goes forward and in this case there isn’t a darn thing anyone can do about it.

Sort of.

What you CAN do is boycott the Philadelphia Eagles. You can choose to stop watching and/or supporting the NFL. You can send tersely worded emails to the league or the Eagles organization about the fact that Vick is still a functioning member of it. You can put your Vick jersey in the garbage and suggest that friends of yours who have the same jersey – do the same. You can moan about it all you want, but it won’t change.

Your opinion is just that…”your” opinion. It’s your right. As for whether or not your opinion is right or wrong – well that’s up for debate…by everyone else.

Have a day – and don’t hate.

Paul