So the Philadelphia Eagles have just signed Michael Vick to a contract for the upcoming season. Just a quick primer for those of you who don't closely follow the glamorous and majestic world of animal pit fighting/death matches: Michael Vick's the former NFL all-pro quarterback who was convicted two years ago of first lynching and then lobbing dead pit bulls into mass burials on his own property. He was also found guilty of orchestrating an underground dog-fighting syndicate. Said Dan Shannon, PETA spokesman, to the Associated Press:
PETA and millions of decent football fans around the world are disappointed that the Eagles decided to sign a guy who hung dogs from trees. He electrocuted them with jumper cables and held them under water.In case you were wondering, Vick will be making $1.6 million this season. So here's a breakdown of the average annual salaries for occupations that are critical to the success of a thriving, stable society.
I'm a believer that as long as people go through the right process, they deserve a second chance.
I pretty much lobbied to get him here," McNabb said. "I believe in second chances and what better place to get a second chance than here with this group of guys. ... He's no threat to me, not for Kolb. We had the opportunity to add another weapon to our offense.