The NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell has spoken of his admiration for Michael Vick following the quarterback's move to the New York Jets this offseason.
Goodell was speaking at a new conference at the NFL owner's meeting in Orlando and was full of praise for Vick despite his somewhat shady past.
“I think Michael is a young man who made a tragic mistake. He paid a very heavy price for it. But I’ve seen him, in everything he’s done, exceed expectations. He has worked very hard to be a positive force in a lot of different areas. And I think that’s something I admire about him." Said Goodell.
Vick recently signed a one-year $5 million contract to join the Jets after he became a free-agent this offseason. He missed two NFL seasons serving a suspension after pleading guilty to being involved in a dog-fighting ring but made a considerably successful return to football with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Goodell was very critical of Vick at the time of his suspension stating that his actions were: "not only illegal, but also cruel and reprehensible."
However he did allow Vick to come back into the league, something which the player has expressed his gratitude for on many occasions.
Clearly the relationship between the commissioner of the league and one of their most contentious figures has improved in recent years with Goodell obviously of the belief that Vick has turned a corner.
The New York Jets are clearly on board with the new-look Michael Vick after signing him to the one-year deal to become Geno Smith's mentor in the same way that he did with Nick Foles in Philadelphia.