If you are known by the company you keep, then I am embarrassed to be a Steelers fan today.
The trouble is, I've been so emotionally invested in the Steelers for so many years -- a lifetime -- that they are like family. I can't disown them.
But, this, sheesh. This is embarrassing.
We can root for the team and feel good about guys like Alejandro Villanueva, Antonio Brown, Cameron Heyward and others. But not Michael Vick.
Vick taints the entire organization; he taints Steeler Nation.
They couldn't have found a better backup quarterback? Someone with some upside? Granted, a guy like Kurt Warner doesn't come along every day, but Michael Vick? Are you kidding me?
It is embarrassing. The guy is a lightning rod for trouble and bad karma.
We'll hear the usual platitudes: He's "paid his dues," blah, blah, etc., etcetera, ad nauseum. Save it.
We're also hearing, of course, that he's an "experienced" quarterback, as if that's supposed to make this acceptable and make everybody comfortable. Experienced at what? Sucking? He's not even a good quarterback, and he never has been, except for sporadic flashes.
It's a shame that guys like Vick keep getting rewarded. That's apparently the culture of the NFL anymore, and maybe it's always been that way.
We'll keep watching, no doubt, but it's embarrassing. And we don't like this signing one bit.
That's it, Fort Pitt.