Redemption can be defined in a in the most simplistic of ways and to
's concern, it's no different.
Over two years has roughly passed since the
star quarterback has made his transition from a vilified inmate who served his time in prison for federal conspiracy and dog fighting to the city's latest hope for a
title. The media coverage surrounding the athlete created a whirlwind of skepticism, division, and intrigued within the public eye. For someone that had a past shrouded in mystery, he is now the number one topic in the
The discussion during
's Associate Press Sports Editors forum expressed their views on how Vick was treated, and his own reaction to the situation.
columnist Jemele Hill said it as best as she possibly could in "it was his own choice, and he shouldn't be treated like a fallen hero". In this case through public opinion, it was the tension of Black vs. White, dog lover vs. non-dog lover, and those that stood a middle ground.
It is no secret that African-American athletes face a higher level of pressure in upholding an image to the national scale. Even before the major incident, Vick has been criticized for previous actions during his tenure with the
. From adopting a fabricated alias in "Ron Mexico" to his inappropriate gestures towards the
crowd, Vick was not doing himself any positive favors. It wasn't until his eventual trial and imprisonment in where the downward spiral reached a peak.
From Vick's own words following an interview with Philadelphia Inquirer's Ashley
, he felt that the media coverage was tough and tells the youth to "pick and choose your spots and know what you are doing". And as time has shown, he is more cautious than he has ever been.
From this day on forward, all eyes are on Vick watching his every action and word. A national poll from Forbes has cited him as the most hated NFL player today (with