Dear Mr. Smith,
I am a College Professor and a youth football coach in Ontario and I was reading on the TSN report that you are planning on “renting three billboards near the Eagles’ stadium blasting the signing of Vick” in protest to his recent signing with the Philadelphia Eagles Football club.
As a life-time pet owner, the father of a young, impressionable football player, and also as a College Professor who works regularly with “At-Risk” youth, I would just like to ask that you please reconsider your perspective on this matter.
Many people in this life make mistakes. I deal with them every day, and not always are they bad people. Good people make mistakes as well. Michael Vick has lost much and why as you may not agree that he deserves a second chance, I think that you are missing the bigger picture on how this situation can help to further your own cause for the humane treatment of animals.
Just last night, I was sitting around with friends as they asked about my job. I explained to them that it was incredibly rewarding because having had been through tough times myself, I have always felt that it was (and is) the personal obligation of anyone who can rise up from adversity to help those around them. Michael Vick will do more positive work and awareness creation for your cause than I think that you can even imagine. He is committed to becoming an ambassador for your cause and perhaps it would be wise to use Mr. Vick to your own advantage – thus turning a despicable act into something positive that can benefit many.
If I can please quote Law #2 from the book “The 48 Laws of Power” by Robert Greene – Never put too much trust in friends, learn how to use enemies. – Be wary of friends – they will betray you more quickly, for they are easily aroused to envy. They also become spoiled and tyrannical. But hire a former enemy and he will be more loyal than a friend, because he has more to prove. In fact, you have more to fear from friends than from enemies. If you have no enemies, find a way to make them.
The point of that is simple; use Michael Vick to help further your own cause. You don’t have to like what he did and you don’t have to like the man himself, but I think also, you would be considered a wise man by many if you use Mr. Vick’s popularity to help save animals. In the height of his career, giant corporate sponsors could only have dreamt of getting a massive sports celebrity such as Mr. Vick to endorse their product, and even then, it would have come with a price tag in the millions. You have an opportunity to do something good. Do not waste your time, energy and money fighting a lost cause. Mr. Vick has served his time in prison and society is ready to forgive him. God is ready to forgive him. His fans are ready to forgive him. The question is; why are you in a position to condemn him?
I appreciate your time and consideration in reading my letter. I hope that for everyone’s sake, especially the animals, that you make the right decision.
Professor James F. Ryan