The sight of Matt Ryan and Michael Vick playing catch at the pro bowl practices in Hawaii yesterday afternoon had to be pretty surreal for Falcons fans. Ryan was maybe the one positive thing to come out of the disaster that was the Falcons franchise in the wake of Vick's arrest and subsequent imprisonment. As we found out two seasons ago, Vick is still oddly popular with a lot of Falcons fans... but he's certainly hated by many as well. And really, who could blame them? Take the Terrell Owens situation here and multiply it by 10.â†µ
"Understanding the situation and everything that I came into and what Mike's done recently, it's my first opportunity to talk to him," said Ryan, who met Vick for the first time Tuesday night. "As soon as you get to know him, he's a really nice guy, down to earth, super relaxed. I enjoyed spending time with him. Once we got out throwing, it was no big deal, which was cool."â†µ
Even more surreal is that Vick is under the direction of the Falcons coaching staff this week.â†µ
By the way, the NFL rented out the 4,200 square foot presidential suite at the official pro bowl hotel... and gave it to Michael Vick for the week.