Barack Obama Applauds Eagles for Giving Michael Vick Second Chance
According to Peter King, Obama called Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie to discuss two things: the Eagles' plan to make Lincoln Financial Field the nation's first alternative-energy stadium but, first, Vick.
"The president wanted to talk about two things, but the first was Michael,'' Lurie told King. "He said, 'So many people who serve time never get a fair second chance. He was ... passionate about it. He said it's never a level playing field for prisoners when they get out of jail. And he was happy that we did something on such a national stage that showed our faith in giving someone a second chance after such a major downfall."
Vick has taken steps to repair his public image this season with an MVP-caliber performance and seemingly sincere contrition about his past behavior. He's spoken at schools and worked with the Humane Society, even going as far as expressing his desire to own a dog again.