My San Francisco ‘49er fandom is in serious jeopardy after my reading of an article on ProFootballTalk.com in which the writers speculate that my beloved franchise could show interest in disgraced Atlanta Falcons QB and convicted felon Michael Vic. Vic, as you well know, has not yet been returned to society, much less the NFl after being convicted on charges related to dog fighting.
As a fan, I am bothered for three main reasons:
1. The franchise is at a point where it will define its future. With a new head coach in Mike Singletary and with a newly-energized ownership group, the ‘49ers do not need to set a course of bringing in problem players for a quick jolt of talent. The team needs to be built the right way if it will be able to stand in the future.
2. Vic’s crime is ugly, and it indicates a lack of character. This is not just a one night mistake in which Vic ended up at the wrong party doing the wrong things with the wrong people. There is no woopsie here. He built dog fighting rings at his house!
3. Vic stinks! He cannot throw from the pocket. He runs at the drop of a hat. He shows no leadership potential. Yes, he’s fast; so what. Tons of other happy-footed QBs have come and gone from the league without offering anything resembling a winning record. Vic does not bring any good to the table.
I sat by and watched my beloved franchise implode during the salary cap purgatory of the late 90s and early 00s. I put up with Terrell Owens, though I almost jumped ship on numerous occasions. But I promise you, if Vic becomes my QB, I will do away with my red and gold and will find someone else to support.
Do I expect you care? Not really, but I just wanted to get this off my chest. I feel better now.