Beaten, Battered, but Blessed (4 of 4) by Donald Cantrell

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Beaten, Battered, but Blessed (4 of 4)
Series: Famous Failures
Donald Cantrell
Genesis 25 - 32

Theme: ''Failure and forgiveness in life of Jacob''

Introduction:

Is it possible for a person to change? I want us to consider the story of Michael Vick. He was born in Newport News, Virginia to unwed teen parents. The family was raised in housing projects filled with drugs, violence, and shootings. Sports were a way out of the neighborhood for those that had the survival skills and the good fortune to stay in school.

At the age of 10 or 11 Michael would ease off and go fishing regardless if they were biting just to escape the violence and stress of life in the projects. He learned football from his father and from his second cousin, Aaron Brooks. He spent lots of time at the local boys and girls club, which kept him off the streets and out of trouble.

He played high school football at Homer L. Ferguson High and threw for 400 yards in one of his games as a freshman. Vick as a sophomore moved schools along with his coach and play 3 more years at Warwick High School for Coach Tommy Reamon. Upon graduating Vick chose to attend Virginia Tech and learn under Coach Frank Beamer. In the projects of Newport News community, Michael Vick was a success story.

As a freshman Vick finished in third place for the Heisman Trophy. Michael Vick left Virginia Tech as a redshirt sophomore. Vick left for the NFL to buy his mother a new home and car, they were living in a 3 bedroom apartment in Ridley Circle Homes. He fulfilled this by buying her a brand new house in an upscale part of Suffolk, Virginia.

In 2001 Vick was the first pick of the draft by the Atlanta Falcons and the first African American quarterback to be taken by the first pick. In August 2007 hours after pleading guilty to federal charges of illegal dog fighting, the NFL suspended Vick indefinitely for violating its player conduct policy. In June 2009 Vick was released by the Falcons after an arbitrator ...


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