Former NFL star and convicted dog-fighter Michael Vick is officially out of federal prison after 19 months. He was released several months early and will now take up a job doing construction work until his sentence is completed this summer.
In his work-release program, Vick will work at WM Jordan Construction near his home in Virginia. He will remain under federal surveillance while earning $10 an hour.
A tad under the $10 million a year he said his earning potential would be.
He is not allowed to work on any government sites because he's a felon.
Vick, who turns 29 next month, his fiancée, Kijafa Frink (see pics below), and several members of a security team left for a 19-hour drive home to Virginia.
A newly-freed Michael Vick is all smiles.
In an effort to construct a new image as well as houses, the disgraced star met in person (while in prison) with Humane Society President Wayne Pacelle to discuss his working on a program aimed at eradicating dogfighting among urban teenagers.
“He said this experience has been a trauma and he’s changed forever. He said he wants to show the American public that he is committed to helping combat this problem. He asked for an opportunity to help," Pacelle wrote on the Humane Society’s website.
Pacelle called dogfighting a “culturally complex problem” prevalent among black urban teens and said Michael Vick could be valuable in combating the problem.
“It’s not about Michael Vick and providing endless punitive treatment. It’s about stopping other young people from going down the road Vick took,” he said.
Michael Vick's fiancee, Kijafa Frink (right), stood by him throughout his year and a half in federal prison and was there to greet him upon his release this week.