The Celebrity: Michael Vick
Why He Should Have Been Included: After going through hell—which was, admittedly, brought on by his own actions—MV7 returned to the football field full-time last season and ended up nearly taking home the NFL's MVP trophy as a result of it. That, coupled with his efforts off the field and the improved public perception that he has throughout the country, would have made him a sexy pick for the TIME list this year.
What He Can Do To Make Sure He Makes It Next Year: Keep doing what he's doing. Vick has seemingly done a complete 180 with his life. And while he still catches plenty of grief from plenty of people out there, he's learned to accept it and move on with his life and he's a changed man both on and off the football field.