Michael Vick and Ben Roethlisberger both survived image-crushing incidents and are thriving again in the NFL. But a new life in football is going to be difficult for Plaxico Burress, who will be released from prison Monday.
On balance, the system worked. Michael Vick and society both won. Vick served his time in the federal penitentiary. Then he was given a second chance. He was not handed an NFL starting job, but had to earn it.