Michael Vick will grace the cover of the next issue of Sports Illustrated.
There’s a big difference between this cover and the last time he was featured in Dec. 2008. Vilified for his role in a Virginia dog fighting ring in that issue, Vick’s story will instead be one of redemption this go around.
Meanwhile, plenty of Vick’s NFC East opponents are hoping the “SI curse” will strike again and his feature will only serve to cool his hot hand.
An excerpt of the article (via Sheil Kapadia of the Philadelphia Inquirer):
“I’m sitting on the chair crying, looking all crazy in the face. My brother, he’s sitting there, he ain’t got no expression on his face because he ain’t going through what I’m going through. I’m going through something totally different: I know what I want in life. I love the game of football. I know what I can do on the field and what I can provide for a team. That’s where my heart’s at, and it would’ve killed me to have that taken away. And I could just see in [my mother’s] face, she was tired. She told us it was embarrassing. She wanted to disown us. That’s what she told me: She wanted to walk away. She’s like, ‘You went to prison for 19 months, and you come out and you still ain’t listening….’ Right then and there, I told myself, I am changing my life. I’m going to do everything they ask me to do. I’m getting myself away from this madness.”