What is the definition of a role model? Most of us remember Charles Barkley's "I am not a role model" commercial all those years ago. Weather Mr. Barkley or any one else likes it we are all role models. A role model is a person whose behavior, example, or success is or can be emulated by others, especially younger people. I know Vick is a lightning rod for public opinion and given his past decisions rightfully so. Here are the 3 reasons why Michael Vick is a good role model.

#1. Michael Vick is a good role model because he's made mistakes. He, like all the rest of us have at one time or another, talked himself into it. In to believing that something that was wrong, something that deep down inside he probably knew was horrendously wrong, was just a little wrong. That was a mistake and Vick learned from it. He learned that no matter what your name is, you will be held responsible for your actions. You will be held responsible for your decisions. There is no one any more qualified than Michael Vick to get this message across to today's youth.

#2. Michael Vick is a good role model because he paid his debt to society. When someone gets caught doing something wrong but nothing happens to them or almost nothing, it leaves a bad taste in my mouth. That's not what happened here. He was deemed responsible and then held responsible. The message here is that there are consequences to your decisions. Sometimes those consequences are good. This time the consequences were bad. Michael Vick lost his fans, his career and his freedom and justifiably so. Our court system tried and judged him and sentenced him to prison. He served his time. He speaks from experience and knowledge to the youth that might be on the edge of real trouble.

#3. Michael Vick is a good role model because he is making amends. Nothing that Michael Vick can do will change or make up for the things he's done. I respect the effort here more than the results. Donations to the National Humane Society and public speeches to educate people about the moral and legal repercussions of his actions are a great start. This helps others to see that even if you make poor decisions you can start over. It would be easier for him to just go his own way, especially with the recent success he's had, but he doesn't. He is trying to help others learn for his mistakes. When you get right down to it, isn't that all we can ask of anybody? Could you ask anymore than that of yourself? After all, we're all role models.