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The Michael Vick paradox

August 21, 2009

Our society is one that praises winners.  Simply put, a good performance on the athletic field can sometimes excuse whatever sins might have occurred off of it.

Such is the Michael Vick paradox.  Some Eagles fans are so starved for a championship they’ll cheer any player who might give the team an edge.  Others are so incensed with Vick’s actions that they’ve boycotted the season and are selling off their tickets.

Michael Sachs, PhD

Michael Sachs, PhD

“This will be an interesting dynamic that will resonate for a while, but it will certainly be ‘helpful’ for Vick if he plays well and helps the Eagles to some victories,” said Michael Sachs, professor of kinesiology and a sports psychologist at the College of Health Professions and Social Work. 

Sachs says he suspects Vick has already done an overhaul, both internally and externally, by surrounding himself with people like Tony Dungy, one of the most respected men in the NFL, and working with the Humane Society.  But he doesn’t expect the road ahead to be an easy one for Vick.

“It’s tough to change one’s past behaviors and ways of thinking, but many have done so and hopefully he will as well.”

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