CONNECT WITH MICHAEL
Michael Vick shares his rise, fall, and resurrection on THE BRINK OF MIDNIGHT PODCAST.
Drafted #1 in the 2001 NFL draft, Michael Vick was a force of nature and a natural leader. His rise carried with it an unmistakeable momentum and he became the face of the NFL. Yet, deep inside he was becoming a person he didn't know and of whom he wasn't proud. The incredible high came to a crashing low when Mike was arrested for his involvement in a dog-fighting ring and sent to prison for 18 months. That time he now considers a blessing and, with the deck stacked against him to never reform or succeed again, he managed to evolve, grow, and redeem himself. He came back to the NFL until recently announcing his retirement, and now uses his platform on and off the field to educate and work with kids, trying to make a major impact in areas of conduct and accountability.
This episode will challenge your idea of what it means to grow and evolve, to reform and forgive, and ultimately what the arc of a life can be.
MICHAEL'S WORDS OF WISDOM
"Prison changed me as an individual. It was God working in my life."
"I wanted to come back and show people that God is real and my heart is pure."
"When I was broke down and to a point where I felt I had nothing left, I felt like I had even more to give."
"The minute I started to think that people would throw a pity party for me was the moment I started getting stronger. I realized I needed to join forces with them and figure out how I can have an impact on a lot of people's lives."
"Spending time being negative to other people is wasted energy."
MICHAEL'S CHARITABLE WORK
Boys and Girls Club - Supporting, becoming a mentor, donating to Boys and Girls Club in your local community is an opportunity to support local kids and teens, and create safe places for them to thrive and learn.
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Closing song, Lose Yourself (Emmett Swimming)