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Michael Kun

Co-author of The Football Uncyclopedia. He is also the author of six other books and is a practicing attorney.

A whole new Vick

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Michael Vick's performance in the Eagles' rout of the Redskins Monday night was one for the ages.

We often describe certain sporting events by saying that they're games that we'll always remember or that we'll be telling our grandkids about, only to forget about them a few months later.

But Monday night's performance really is one we're likely to remember and tell our grandkids about. Or show them on whatever devices our grandkids will be using in the future.

It's hard to say whether the post-incarceration Michael Vick is a different person than the pre-incarceration Michael Vick. Although he seems to be saying and doing the right things, few of us know him personally.

But the post-incarceration Michael Vick is a different quarterback than the pre-incarceration Michael Vick. More poised. Less reckless. More willing to stay in the pocket. Wiser.

He had already reestablished himself as a playoff-level quarterback this season. Now he may be something more.

With his historic performance Monday, Vick has suddenly entered the MVP discussion.

You now have to consider Vick a candidate for the award, along with Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. (Philip Rivers may be in the conversation, too, and perhaps Clay Matthews, Jr., although players from losing teams and defensive players don't often pick up these trophies, do they?)

If Vick can stay healthy -- a big "if" -- and if he continues to play at or near the level he's shown he's capable of, he could make it an interesting MVP race, and an interesting MVP discussion. Even if he proves himself to be the best player in the league this season, are voters and the public willing to forgive him for his criminal conduct and hand him the league's highest personal award? The MVP vote could end up being a referendum on our society and the notion of paying one's debt to it.

By Michael Kun  |  November 17, 2010; 8:14 AM ET  | Category:  Michael Kun , Michael Vick , NFL , Philadelphia Eagles , Quarterbacks Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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