There are many different athletes who have gotten second chances after being disgraced by a scandal. When an athlete has a personal or professional scandal, it often will take some time for them to get back to being respected again. This weekend, we will witness the resurrection of one disgraced athlete who is looking to just prove himself to the world.
According to ABC News, the Philadelphia Eagles have announced disgraced quarterback Michael Vick will start for the team Sunday against the Detroit Lions. Vick is starting in replace of injured Kevin Kolb, the current quarterback for the team. It will be Vick’s first time as a starter since 2006, before getting federal prison time for illegal dog-fighting. Vick has been with the Eagles for a couple years now, being used during the wildcat formation and as a second-string quarterback. Vick showed during this game he is ready to become a starting quarterback in the National Football League.
Tiger Woods is also a famous athlete who had a personal scandal and received a second-chance. Woods’ career took a hit after his personal life was affected by numerous affairs which came to light in November 2009. According to Pop Eater, there are at least seven women who have had an affair with Woods throughout his career. Woods took some time off away from being a professional golfer to attend sex rehabilitation in hopes he could repair his marriage to his wife. Woods was away from golf for over four months while he attended to his personal matters but came back in 2010. Woods has now gotten a second-chance at his professional golfing career, although he took some personal attacks from the media.
According to Examiner, in 2009 Donte Stallworth, the Cleveland Browns wide receiver, was convicted of killing Mario Reyes while driving drunk. Stallworth plead guilty to manslaughter due to driving under the influence and spent 30 days behind bars. Stallworth also agreed to settle with the family for an undisclosed amount based on his football earnings. He was ultimately dropped from the Cleveland Browns and had to serve a one-year suspension from the National Football League. In 2010, Stallworth signed with the Baltimore Ravens for a one-year deal worth 900,000 dollars. Stallworth is now working on rebuilding his image in the National Football League on a professional and personal level.
Mike Tyson, a professional boxer, also received a shot at redemption after a rape scandal almost ruined his career and personal life. According to the Tech, Tyson was found guilty of rape and two other charges. Tyson was found guilty of rape in 1992 and two counts of deviate sexual conduct. Tyson went on to serve six-years in jail after he got four-years suspended from the sentence. In 1995, Tyson got out of jail and went onto reclaim his status as a professional boxer. Tyson was on the road to redemption as he continued to knockout his professional opponents and ended up winning many boxing titles throughout the next few years.
Based on Vick’s performance during Sunday’s game, I would think that he is back on track to become a starting quarterback in the National Football League. The Philadelphia Eagles ended up winning the game against the Detroit Lions 35 to 32. Vick went for 265 yards and two touchdowns during the game, making it seem like Vick has returned better than ever. Although Vick had an impressive game, he will be returning the team back to Kolb as soon as he is cleared to come back from his concussion. Vick’s impressive game against the Detroit Lions just goes to show that he is physically and mentally ready to be a force in the National Football League again. Vick will always have a scar to show for what he did in 2006 but if he can put that behind him and show people he has changed, he is going to be a powerful player for years to come.
Associated Press,”Vick to Start at QB for Eagles Against Lions”, ABC News
Pop Eater Staff, “More Women in the Tiger Woods Scandal — Seven and Counting”, Pop Eater
Paula Duffy, “Donte Stallworth DUI case settled with little jail time”, Examiner
Alison Muscatine, “Tyson Found Guilty of Rape, Two Other Charges”, The Tech MIT
Myself, Watched the Eagles game