An act of mercy

Falcons owner Arthur Blank (right) says he would like to see Michael Vick back playing in the NFL. (Associated Press)

Falcons owner Arthur Blank (right) says he would like to see Michael Vick back playing in the NFL. (Associated Press)

Let’s hear it for Arthur Blank, owner of the Atlanta Falcons. Last week Blank released QB Michael Vick. Not because Vick was damaged goods. Not because he was involved in a horrible crime (and he was). Not because he was trying to make a political point.

The decision to release Vick was a simple act of mercy.

Blank is true to his word when he says that he wants Vick back into the league. Blank was more hurt personally than he was financially by Vick’s immature actions. It runs so deep that Arthur and his lovely wife, Stephanie, had unofficially adopted Vick.

My NFL Network colleague Marshall Faulk can attest. There was an incident on an elevator at the Georgia Dome in which Stephanie Blank was not too happy about some of the criticism of Vick leveled by Faulk, and she let him know. There is no doubt that Faulk knew what he was talking about — but the broader point is the family had a kinship with Vick.

On the surface, it would appear that Blank was letting Vick go for expediency sake. The truth of the matter is Blank earnestly wants Vick in the league. In fact, he has said the league would be better with Vick in it.

Vick’s release by the Falcons is simply an act of mercy to remove any contractual obstacles that would get in the way of another team looking to sign him.

— Jamie Dukes

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