Can there be a more polarizing figure in sports than Michael Vick?

Jemal Countess/Getty Images

Last Friday, the former Philadelphia Eagle and Atlanta Falcon quarterback signed a one year 5 million dollar contract with the New York Jets and some fans are not happy.

Vick spent 21 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to being part of a dog fighting ring. Vick has since worked with the Humane Society speaking out at schools to stop organized animal fighting.

I remember taking calls all night long when the Eagles signed him back in 2009 ranging from “I’ll never be an Eagles fan again” to “Everyone deserves a second chance”. I never really understood that defense because if everyone deserved a second chance, why would there be a first offender in prison?

But in the NFL, everyone does deserve a second chance, provided you can make them money. The National Football League is full of players with criminal pasts.  Most recently Aaron Hernandez, who was indicted by a grand jury for the murder of Odin Lloyd, and is currently being investigated in connection with other murders in Massachusetts. Leonard Little of the Rams was convicted of DUI Manslaughter. former Raven linebacker Ray Lewis revived his career after being indicted on two counts of murder. Ray later went to trial and had all counts dropped. The murder remains unsolved to this day. Lewis was charged with obstruction of justice over misleading comments he made to the police and served one year probation.

The New York Jets are giving Vick at the age of 34 a third chance. The team that brought you Bret Farve, Tim Tebow, and Santonio Holmes , now serves up to their fans the most hated athlete in the NFL, according to Forbes Magazine.

 How do you feel about Michael Vick coming to the Jets? Take the poll below.