Dungy: ‘Vick wants second chance’

After recently meeting with the troubled suspended player in prison, former head coach Tony Dungy said that Michael Vick is seeking a second chance.

He enjoys helping troubled young men, and Vick, in Dungy’s eyes, is simply one of them. Vick is serving a 23-month sentence for bankrolling a dogfighting conspiracy. Dungy wouldn’t offer details about his meeting with Vick, but compared the quarterback’s situation to many of the ex-offenders at the resource fair Wednesday.

“I think Michael is just like so many other guys that I have seen, so many other people who are nameless, faceless in that environment,” Dungy said. “It’s a young man that made a mistake and is looking for a chance to recover and move forward. That’s where he is and that’s where so many of the men who are here today are.”

Dungy is doing a lot of good in this world and I for one hope that he can help Vick get his life back on track. But in the end, everything is in Vick’s hands. He must surround himself with positive influences that will help him stay on the straight and narrow and keep him out of trouble. It appears that the wrong people heavily influenced Vick when he set up the dog-fighting ring, so it would be beneficial for him to only surround himself with folks that make sound decisions.

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Tony Dungy visits Michael Vick in prison

Former NFL head coach Tony Dungy visited Michael Vick at a federal prison in Leavenworth, Kansas recently and according to Vick’s agent Joel Segal, the meeting was “private” and “positive”.

Vick met with Dungy to discuss his life after he gets out of prison. He is scheduled to leave Leavenworth May 20 and serve the remainder of his sentence under home confinement at his five-bedroom home in Hampton, Va., with his fiancée and two of his children.

“I am going out there to really talk about life. To talk about the Lord,” Dungy said on the show. “I know he has made a profession that he has accepted the Lord into his life. Talk to him about what he’s going to face. Most people are going to be against him. He’s got to understand that.”

Considering all the work Dungy does with his youth boys programs, I would imagine the conversation with Vick was very positive. But everything is in Vick’s hands now. Dungy can’t be with him every second of every day to ensure he’s staying out of trouble and making something of his life. It’s up to Vick to show remorse for what he has done and to move forward with his life in a positive manner. Returning to the NFL should be the last thing on Vick’s mind right now and here’s hoping he continues to seek Dungy’s guidance from here on out.

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