Michael Vick Reinstated By NFL

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A window of opportunity for Michael Vick to return to the NFL is open.

Whether any team is willing to employ Michael Vick is another matter.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell reinstated the disgraced dogfighting star on Monday, following his recent release from prison for running a dogfighting ring.

Vick can participate in regular-season games as early as October.

He can immediately take part in preseason practices, workouts and meetings and can play in the final two preseason games - if he can find a team, that is.

A number of clubs have already said they are not interested.

As the season begins, Vick may participate in all team activities except games. Goodell will consider Vick for full reinstatement by Week 6 (October 18-19).

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to commissioner Goodell for allowing me to be readmitted to the National Football League,” Michael Vick said in a statement released by his agent, Joel Segal.

“I fully understand that playing football in the NFL is a privilege, not a right, and I am truly thankful for the opportunity that I have been given."

Goodell suspended Vick indefinitely in 2007 after the former Atlanta Falcons player admitted bankrolling a dogfighting operation on his property in Virginia.

He served 18 months in a federal prison in Leavenworth, Kan., before being granted an early release and being placed on house arrest earlier this summer.


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I have a great idea for a sport for him to play. He gets released on a track and gets chased by 10-20 starving pit bulls. Winner takes all.


Every time i see his face i think of the despicable person he is.
Surely their is thousands of young talented athletes you could get.
Write him off - the football fans have. I wont be watching football if he is on any team.


I pity all the players on any team that Vick may play on. These players have worked extremely hard to get to where they are today. Vick will be like a circus sideshow. The booing and chanting will follow Vick everywhere, and will be a complete distraction for the entire team. Goodell took the easy way out. The real decision needs to be made by the team owners, and fans.


Michael Vick should be content to live on the fringes of society, not expect to be rewarded with millions of dollars and fans. He has crossed a line that no human should cross. If a serial killer or child rapist had been released from prison, no one would be lining up to give him his chance now that he "paid his debt to society." You don't torture and kill innocent, emotional beings without regret unless you are sociopathic. I am sure he regrets being caught. Not so sure he regrets doing monstrous things. That people are making excuses for this sick individual says something about our relationship with sports and fame. To hell with the NFL. They have lost a fan for life.


Michael Vick Biography

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Michael Vick is the troubled, former quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL, and a former All-American at Virginia Tech. The man... More »
Newport News, Virginia
Full Name
Michael Dwayne Vick