Saturday night I was in Kansas City for the 101 Football Awards Banquet. Every year this committee selects the Players and Coaches of the year from each NFL Conference. This year Michael Vick was selected as NFC Offensive Player of the Year and I was privileged to be his presenter. It was quite a thrill and somewhat ironic because we first got together two years ago at Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary, just outside of Kansas City. I couldn’t help but reflect on how things had changed for Mike in two years. He has gotten back to being a great player on the field, but more than that, he’s doing a great job with his family and also doing many hours of community service, talking to young people about making good decisions, and trying to help them avoid some of the mistakes he made.
I have really been proud of Michael and how he has grown in the last two years. He is coming to Tampa on March 19 to do a prison outreach and benefit dinner for Abe Brown ministries, commemorating Rev. Brown’s 84th birthday We’re going to talk about how thankful we both are that God is a God of second chances and what inmates can do to prepare themselves to take advantage of those second chances.
Anyone interested in joining us for the Birthday Celebration Saturday evening, March 19, at Higgins Hall in Tampa can go to www.abebrown.org for more information.