Michael Vick hasn’t been to the Georgia Dome since he was imprisoned for his dog fighting scandal. Yesterday (January 1), he amongst others returned to the dome for a ceremonial return to honor the Atlanta Falcons and what is likely to be their last regular season game in the Georgia Dome.
The Georgia Dome has been home to the Atlanta Falcons for the past 25 years. The dome will soon be replaced by another stadium which is currently under construction. The organization held a ceremonial event honoring some of the Falcons most memorable players. Michael Vick was amongst those players. Vick was the top pick coming out of college, he was the first quarterback to rush for 1,000 yards in a season and he led the Atlanta Falcons to the NFC Championship back in 2004.
“There are a lot of people who forgave me,” Vick said. “It gives me another opportunity to show a different side of myself. I’m just thankful I have a lot of supporters.”
There was a lot of criticism going around based on the fact that the Atlanta Falcons allowed Michael Vick to be a part of the ceremony. Falcons owner Arthur Blank received a lot of backlash for it. He made a statement as well in regards to his decision to keep Vick involved in the ceremony. “Well, Mike obviously has a great history with us, a great history with this franchise and he’s an important player in our history,” Blank said. “We wanted him to attend today and we’re glad that he did attend. We had close to thirty players and coaches here today. Michael played an important part in my ownership period and an important part of the history of our franchise. He was thrilled to be here today and I think our fans, based on what I saw and felt, were excited to see him as well.”