That said, I get where he's coming from: he owes a lot of people a lot of money, and unless he plans on living to the age of 400, that $10-a-hour construction gig won't do him much good.
Vick's proposal -- to keep the first $750,000 he earns each year and pay his creditors with whatever's left -- didn't fly with Judge Frank Santoro. He rejected the "plan", presumably because there's a better chance that the Broncos sign Marcus Vick (with Elvis Dumervil's blessing) to replace Jay Cutler, and he leads them to the Super Bowl. Throwing only left-handed passes.
Santoro said there is no guarantee the league will have the 28-year-old player back, and suggested he start on a new plan by considering liquidating his two Virginia homes and three cars he had planned to keep. The judge said a documentary deal indicates that Vick is building financial momentum, but he currently had too much debt and no proof he could come up with all the money creditors are demanding.To his credit, the former face of the Falcons franchise sounded a conciliatory tone in the court room: "I can't live like the old Mike Vick ... I was very immature. I did a lot of things I wasn't supposed to do being a role model."
Realistically, his NFL future looks bleak. There are sure to be teams interested in him -- if not as a quarterback, then as a "Wildcat specialist" -- but before it gets to that point, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will have to reinstate him.
And while Vick testified that he's optimistic about his chances if he shows remorse and does the right things, he also thinks he'll be playing till he's 38. That, coupled with Goodell's near-zero-tolerance policy on player misconduct makes me think that Vick's NFL future is far from certain. In fact, there's a better chance he's wearing a hard hat and sporting a tool belt in the coming months.