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NFL Reid's 'Vick Project' coming to an end - ESPN

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That's the cold, hard conclusion to what once was a heartwarming tale of redemption: "Andy and Mike," father and surrogate son, courageous white coach inviting the wrath of dog-lovers everywhere to give a fallen black superstar the opportunity to rehabilitate himself as a quarterback and a man.

Would any other team have given Vick a shot after 17 months in prison? No, certainly not right away. But Reid had strode boldly out onto the draft limb to take another black quarterback, Donovan McNabb, with the No. 2 overall pick, and five NFC championship games and one Super Bowl appearance later, encouraged by McNabb, Reid embraced the ex-con who had last called signals for Bad Newz Kennels.


Just like with other broken heroes, I was one of the only ones I know to support/cheer for Vick during his "fall" from grace.

Ref: Kobe, Tiger, Lance,

Vick should retire. His health will be in jeopardy the more he plays with such a terrible offensive line (four starters injured).

Permanently in jeopardy.

It's sad to see this once great VaTech star go out this way, but sometimes that's the way the cookie crumbles.

I'm rooting for a comeback; I'm not sure I think one is in the cards at the moment, but I'm hoping they can pull it off.

Will be interesting to see if Chip Kelly keeps Michael Vick or ejects him.

I'm guessing he ejects him.

Now the Eagles, Seahawks, and 49ers will all be recruiting from the Oregon Ducks.

Chip Kelly made UOregon awesome. Let's see if he can do it or the Eagles.

You do love the fallen heroes. General Petraeus, too.

It does seem like the NFL is particularly brutal -- how many concussions has Vick had?

Why have a hero in the first damn place if we're just going to tear them down? 

I don't hero-worship folks, but then I don't tear down heroes. For F sake, let's just treat them reasonably, with respect, as we'd want to be treated.


Looks like they are gladiators! (

Oh what's this, the NFL is concealing information vis-a-vis brain injuries.

he N.F.L. is being sued by several thousand retired players who accuse the league of concealing a link between head hits and brain injuries. The league denies the accusation and has said it did not mislead its players.

The article, however, cites a letter written in 2000 from the director of the retirement plan who stated that Mike Webster, who retired in 1990, had a disability that was “the result of head injuries he suffered as a football player with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Kansas City Chiefs.”

Webster died in 2002. The article cites similar payments to Gerry Sullivan, a Browns lineman, and a third, unnamed player.

The article provides more details than were known about Webster’s case; his fight for disability benefits was known. The retired players say in their complaint that “the N.F.L.’s own physician independently examined Webster and concluded that Webster was mentally ‘completely and totally disabled as of the date of his retirement and was certainly disabled when he stopped playing football sometime in 1990.’ ” 

"However, board documents obtained by "Outside the Lines" and "Frontline" show that the NFL retirement board determined in 1999 that repeated blows to the head had left Webster, who spent most of his 17-year career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, "totally and permanently" disabled. The board based its finding on the diagnoses of five doctors, including a Cleveland neurologist hired by the board to examine the player. The doctors described Webster as "childlike" and showing signs of dementia.

"The Retirement Board determined that Mr. Webster's disability arose while he was an Active Player," wrote Sarah E. Gaunt, director of the NFL's retirement plan, in a May 8, 2000 letter to Fitzsimmons. The medical reports, she wrote, "indicate that his disability is the result of head injuries he suffered as a football player with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs."

The board granted "total and permanent" disability benefits to two other players -- one in 1996 -- who claimed their mental impairment stemmed from "repetitive trauma to the head or brain from League football activities," according to documents provided by the NFL board as part of a 2004 lawsuit seeking additional compensation for Webster's family. The board redacted the players' names; the documents were stamped "confidential."

Interviews and documents from additional cases suggest that other retired players also received long-term disability benefits for brain injuries related to football, but ESPN/PBS could not verify those cases."

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