Over the past few weeks, I’ve been running a poll to gather your opinion on whether or not you think an NFL team should sign Michael Vick. Being that the Philadelphia Eagles went ahead and signed Vick last week, now is a good time to look at the results!
Do you think that an NFL team should sign Michael Vick?
- Yes (68%, 80 Votes)
- No (32%, 37 Votes)
Total Voters: 117
Just over 2/3 of the participants felt that an NFL team should sign Vick. This seems pretty consistent with other articles I’ve read and discussions I’ve had with peers. For the most part, a majority of people believe that he served his punishment for his crime, and as such, now deserves an opportunity to continue his life and his livelihood, which happens to be professional football. Multiple animal rights groups have even agreed with this sentiment, accepting Vick’s remorse and new efforts to prevent animal cruelty.
However, this also seems to be a case when the minority is very vocal, and often times, a vocal minority can have just as much impact as a majority. People in and out of Philadelphia who disagree with the Eagles’ decision have found many outlets to voice their displeasure, including using different social media platforms to reach a larger audience. Many have also proactively contacted team sponsors to question their relationship with the team, threatening boycotts of the team and the sponsors’ products.
The first Eagles home preseason game that Vick could play in will be on Thursday, August 27. I think on that day we’ll be able to truly gauge the reaction of the fans and the community.
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