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“Michael is a young man who made a tragic mistake,” Goodall said in a statement. “He paid a very heavy price for it, but I’ve seen him, in everything he’s done, exceed expectations. He has worked very hard to be a positive force in a lot of different areas. That’s something I admire about him. When we went through the process of reviewing whether he would come back into the league, he demonstrated that he was somebody who was committed to saying, ‘I am going to do this the right way. I am going to be a positive force.’ He has, and I’m proud of the work he has done. I think that’s the kind of thing we should have.”

Goodall’s comments certainly reflect my views about Vick and should encourage others to give Vick the space he deserves to keep his life on track. Here is how Vick’s publisher describes Vick’s book, Finally Free.

“One of the most talented and polarizing athletes of our generation, Michael Vick’s stunning story has captured news headlines across the nation. From his poverty-stricken youth, to his success on the field in high school and college, to his rise to NFL stardom and his fall from grace, Finally Free shows how a gifted athlete’s life spiraled out of control under the glare of money and fame, aided by his own poor choices.

In his own words, Vick details his regrets, his search for forgiveness, the moments of unlikely grace–and the brokenness that brought his redemption on the way to his celebrated return to the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles.”

As I motored past The Meadowlands along I-95, it reminded me of how we could all use some forgiveness and second chances in life – and that includes Michael Vick.

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