Michael Vick went through hell and back to get his NFL career back on track after going to prison for his involvement in a dog fighting ring so if there is one player who can understand the current predicament of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, it’s him.
Now a backup with the New York Jets, Vick was justifiably destroyed by the media and fans after his return to the NFL, much more so than Rice who was videotaped assaulting his current wife earlier this winter. While Rice received a great deal of criticism for his actions, the NFL received just as much for only handing him a two-game suspension.
Vick was able to rehab his image and find success in the NFL and in large part because he became an advocate for the welfare of animals and working every day to show he is working for forgiveness. That is his advice for Rice moving forward.
“I think the most important thing that you can do is to try to make amends for what you’ve done,” Vick told NJ.com. “I think you have to show people that you’re trying to help yourself and bring awareness to that situation to help others, to prevent it. You’ve got to become an advocate.”
“You’ve got to continue to make amends,” Vick said. “Once you start something, you can never go back. I feel like I’ve become an advocate of animal welfare, and I think I have to continue that. It’s all about keeping kids 15 years from now from doing the same. We’ve saved a lot of kids, and we’ve saved a lot of animals. That’s how I feel. Ray will make it right.”