Michael Vick may have once, years ago, been a despicable and cruel human being, but those days are long gone, claim many Eagles fans who are hopeful Vick can rescue their season.
"Look, I wasn't thrilled when we signed him last year," said Rick Wahl, an Eagles season ticket holder. "But the man has paid his debt to society and from all reports I've heard, he's really turned his life around or is at least not murdering dogs anymore. And did you see that run he had against the Lions? Holy shit that was awesome!"
Eagles head coach Andy Reid named Vick the team's starter over Kevin Kolb this week, giving the convicted felon control of a team full of young talent.
"Michael is ready to take this step, he is ready to lead this team," said Reid. "A man who has a 105.5 passer rating and almost single-handedly beat the Packers in one half of play has to be living a moral and lawful life, right? I mean, the chances are pretty slim he's committing crimes again, no? Why would he want to go back to jail? It doesn't make any sense."
Vick's teammates are behind him, too.
"If Mike can help us win on the field, whatever he does off the field is not really any of my business," said Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson. "If anyone should be in jail, it should be Kevin Kolb for how bad he played in Week 1."
Wahl, the Eagles season ticket holder, also added that cross-state quarterback Ben Roethlisberger "is a piece of trash" who he "could never root for."