In failing Vick, NFL Players Association fails itself

Updated: September 6, 2007, 1:21 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

And so it is done. Michael Vick is finished and likely heading to prison. His battle is now with the federal government and the cold reality that whenever he emerges from his punishment, he will not be the same man he is today.

While the federal government, the NFL and Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank all stand tall today, it is the NFL Players Association and head Gene Upshaw who stand to lose the most.

Although public recognition is not always the best barometer ...

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