THE QUESTION

Redemption song

After serving prison time for running a dogfighting operation, Michael Vick has come back stronger than ever -- as a football star, and, some would say, as a man. Do you think Vick has succeeded in redeeming himself? If so, how much does his artistry on the gridiron and our love of the comeback/redemption narrative to have to do with it?

Posted by Success Editors on November 22, 2010 12:00 AM
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Vicktorious

If you're a winning athlete or coach, it makes sense that the public would forgive you even if you're a horrible person. Many people think Bobby Knight is one of the best basketball coaches in collegiate history -- even though he has choked and hit players.

Posted by Garrison Wynn, on November 22, 2010 12:00 AM

Flawed heroes: a love story

Michael Vick is very lucky. He is the latest beneficiary of American pop culture's curious penchant for amnesia about the bad behaviors of famous people.

Posted by Patricia McGuire, on November 22, 2010 12:00 AM

'Go and sin no more'

Vick does some public speaking for the Humane Society. He is, at his core, a good person. He has paid the price -- by serving time -- for his crime.

Posted by Jan Scruggs, on November 22, 2010 12:00 AM

It's not about football

Redemption will not come from the fans who cheer Vick on the field. It will happen quietly in the privacy of his own soul, as it must for each and every one of us.

Posted by Jennifer Tucker, on November 22, 2010 12:00 AM

Benefit of the doubt

There comes a time to let go of the past. Vick served his time and now seems intent on turning things around. I give him the benefit of the doubt.

Posted by Seth Kahan, on November 22, 2010 12:00 AM

Wanting to believe

Sometimes it takes a fall from grace to transform into an instrument of leadership.

Posted by Cleve Francis, on November 22, 2010 12:00 AM

Nothing succeeds like success

Michael Vick has 'redeemed' himself with his blinding success at America's favorite sport because everyone loves a winner. He has also been much less arrogant since his return from the Big House.

Posted by Virginia Bianco-Mathis, on November 22, 2010 12:00 AM

FEATURED COMMENTS

chargersix: Everyone deserves a 2nd chance. Vick is a better football player right now because he is a better man. Only time will tell if he has redee...

jckdoors: So, being a good quarterback redeems you? He killed, in horrible ways, many dogs. He also subjected other living creatures to a miserable li...

Dakota6: Let's face it. Michael Vick is winning, and that is why people hold him up as a hero. Listen to the commentators..."He's gone through so m...

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