Hawaiian fans show Vick aloha spirit

HONOLULU — One of the things I wondered about in the moments leading up to kickoff was, how would Michael Vick be received by the fans here at the Pro Bowl? Well, if the ovation during his introduction is any indication, they love him.

Vick no doubt received the loudest ovation of all the players introduced — louder than the uber-popular Peyton Manning, if you could believe that. Even the Dallas Cowboys cheerleader received a mixture of boos when she was introduced, for crying out loud.

Maybe it’s because the aloha spirit is alive and well on the island. Even so, the ovation for Vick is yet another testament to how far this guy has come in the last few years. I guess we shouldn’t be too surprised by this, considering he did receive the second most fan votes behind Tom Brady. But, still, that’s pretty incredible that the reaction wasn’t even at all mixed, all things considered.

Clearly, people love a comeback story, even if the reason for it is self-imposed.

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