Can Vick follow Lewis?

Let me state up front that this column is not intended to pile on Michael Vick or malign Ray Lewis seven years after he was accused of murder.

But in advance of seeing Lewis lead the Baltimore Ravens into Cincinnati for the "Monday Night Football" opener, it is worth examining how the star linebacker has thrived in the NFL after his serious brush with the law.

And it also is worth wondering just how willing America's sports fans will be to forgive and forget Vick's crimes. Will he emerge from his legal nightmare the way Lewis did?