If it weren’t for Michael Vick’s past, his signing Tuesday by the Pittsburgh Steelers would be nothing more than six-point agate type in the newspaper.
Vick is, after all, a 35-year-old quarterback whose 52.9 completion percentage last season was the lowest in the NFL among quarterbacks who threw at least 100 passes. He’s a backup near the end of his career.
But because Vick once ran a heinous dogfighting ring, this isn’t just any transaction. It’s something that has to be talked about.
Many Steelers fans are in an uproar over their team signing a man who used to kill dogs for fun.
Vick did, however, spend nearly two years in prison for his crime. Everyone has a right to make a living once they’ve served their time. Vick makes his living playing quarterback. He did that for the Philadelphia Eagles from 2009 to 2013 and the New York Jets last season.
Now Vick’s redemption tour takes him to Pittsburgh. The Steelers need a backup quarterback after placing Bruce Gradkowski on injured reserve with a hand injury.
Vick as a Steeler isn’t an easy concept to stomach. But do we know for a fact that he’s the worst human being ever to wear a Steelers uniform?