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You Need a Mentor! Michael Vick’s Reaction to Goodell’s Decision

Posted on Fri, Oct, 30, 2009

This past summer, NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell had to decide if he was going to allow Michael Vick to return to the NFL.  After spending close to five hours meeting with Michael Vick, Roger decided to give him a conditional reinstatement to return to the NFL.  One of the conditions specified was that Michael Vick be assigned a mentor in his transition to being reinstated.  Former Indianapolis Colts head coach, Tony Dungy, agreed to be a part of the team that would help and mentor Michael Vick. Tony indicated that his role is solely to assist Michael with advice, direction and support during the evaluation process.  In a conference during the summer Michael Vick shared with everyone: “I’d like to say thank you to Commissioner Goodell, I want to say thank you to Tony Dungy for serving as my mentor and also being influential in my walk and helping redefine me as an individual and giving me the proper advice and being there and having an open dialog with me at all times. I want to say thank you to my agent, Joel Segal, who has been there through the ups and downs, through the hardest times in my life, Judy Smith as well as all the people who have contributed to my comeback.”  As we can see, mentors are essential in any type of environment.  Don’t wait for a misfortune to occur, give us a call today to see how we can help your organization start a new program or enhance a mentoring program you already have in place.

Tags: Mentors & Mentorees, Talent Development and Retention