If I saw this in a movie I would roll my eyes and think: What a bunch of bullsh**. That would never happen in real life—oh, but it did.
This weekend, the disgraced NFL quarterback Michael Vick spiked F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous (alleged) quote, “There are no second acts in American lives.”
Vick is, of course, the NFL quarterback, who went to prison for financing dog fighting. The press and the public vilified him for the disgusting and outrageously inhumane treatment of dogs that he oversaw. Upon his release from prison this year, many PR and sports pundits wondered if his image and his career could make a comeback.
Tiger Woods, take note.
On Sunday, Vick, who now plays for the Philadelphia Eagles, returned to Atlanta, site of the first half of his successful NFL career. Amid boos and jeers from the crowd, he ran for just seven yards in the opening half of the game.
And then, in the second half, he ran and passed for two touchdowns and the Atlanta fans cheered him. The crowd even chanted, “We want Vick! We want Vick!”
“It sent chills down my spine,” Vick told reporters after the game.
Will America be as forgiving to Tiger?