Would Fans Welcome Vick to Houston?

Former Atlanta Falcons Quarterback Michael Vick says he’s close to signing with another NFL team. Vick was recently released from prison after serving 23 months for his role in a dog fighting ring. So now the question is what team will Vick play for and how will the fans respond. Bill Stamps asked Houston residents and Texans Football fans how they’d feel he came to Houston.


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Before his conviction, Michael Vick wasn’t the best quarterback in the NFL, but he was probably the most exciting. After spending newly two years in prison, who knows how well he can still play, but some team is going to give him that chance. Dog trainer Holly Furgason doesn’t want it to be the Texans.

“Football is based on violence and money, so it doesn’t surprise me. I expected it from the beginning once he was found guilty that he’d be back in the NFL.”

Furgason trains all types of dogs including pit bulls like Vick used for dog fighting. She’s actually a Buffalo Bills fan. But says she wouldn’t like them to sign him either.

Furgason: “I would be disappointed in that too.”
Stamps: “What if the Bills signed him and they went to the Super Bowl?”
Furgason: “I would still be disappointed.

At Reliant Stadium, single game tickets went on sale Thursday morning for the upcoming season. Most fans were aware of the Vick situation and you might be surprised how they’d feel about him playing for Houston. This is Robert Jones, and Marnique Rhodes.

Jones: “I think he’s a good player I know he messed up in the past but you know everybody’s got a second chance. I wanted him when he first came out of the draft.”

Rhodes: “He is a good player, you cannot take that away from him. Everybody deserves a second chance. So hey, if he could play for the Texans that’s probably something we’d benefit from.”

Diana De La Rosa was buying football tickets for her and her husband.

“More me than him. That’s why im standing out here in the rain.”

She also said she’d have no problem with Vick playing for the Texans.

“I think he paid his time for what crime he committed so definitely.”

The Texans already have their starting and backup quarterbacks, so it’s highly unlikely they’d go after Vick. But if they did, judging by the fans we spoke with, any boos you’d hear would mostly likely be for something he did on the field, rather than for what he did off of it.

Bill Stamps, KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.

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