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Disgraced NFL star Michael Vick spoke to 60 Minutes last night in his first interview since he admitted to participating in and bankrolling an illegal dogfighting ring, resulting in a just-completed prison term and a suspension from pro football.

Vick, who was recently reinstated by the NFL and signed a two-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, said his piece under tough questioning on 60 Minutes.

While some of his answers definitely sounded rehearsed, and his level of sincerity can never be fully known, the football star seemed at least semi-honest.

Few animal lovers are likely to suddenly forgive Michael Vick based solely on this interview, but at the very least, the athlete was never in explanation mode.

He claimed responsibility, proclaimed his "disgust" and never tried to distance himself from the violence and cruelty by claiming he was just the financier. “I could have put a stop to it,” he said. “I could have shut the whole operation down.”

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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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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.

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A lawyer for NFL star Michael Vick told a bankruptcy court that the former  quarterback has lined up a construction job for when he gets out of prison.

Vick, 28, appeared in court for the first time in his bankruptcy case to explain to a judge how he plans to emerge from his severe financial problems.

Before the hearing began, he turned to wave at family members sitting in the courtroom. He is expected to testify before the proceeding wraps up Friday.

“You will hear from Mr. Vick his future intentions, how he’s going to change the way he lives his life,” lawyer Michael Blumenthal told Judge Frank J. Santoro.

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Vick is serving a 23-month sentence for bankrolling a dogfighting ring, and his bankruptcy plan is based on the goal of returning to a pro football career.

He believes he will earn $10 million a year ... if reinstated to the league, of course. The NFL has suspended him indefinitely and would have to allow him back.

There's also no way he would get a guaranteed contract that big, at least not right away. Sources say a short-term, incentive-based deal is much more likely.

He briefly left federal prison in Kansas to attend the hearing and is set to be released from custody in July, but could be placed under house arrest in late May.

Blumenthal said when Vick is released, he plans to work 40 hours a week for a construction company. He did not disclose the wage or give any other details.

His reported book deal could pay some of the bills as well, presumably.

Vick was the NFL’s highest-paid player and among its most popular, but details about the brutality of Vick’s dogfighting enterprise enraged the public and helped destroy his finances, which court records show were already in disarray.

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Except for an occasional story, Michael Vick has been out of the public eye lately, as his huge stats for the federal prison football team don't get a lot of press.

But the former NFL star quarterback, who is eligible for early release July 20 after doing time for federal dogfighting charges, is eager to get back in the game.

That's according to his bankruptcy plan, which a judge is reviewing.

Vick has apparently reached a deal to be released by the Atlanta Falcons by paying them $6.5-7.5 million for a “contract-breach grievance,” and plans on repaying creditors by earning $10 million a year going forward, court papers claim.

If he’s permitted back into the NFL, that is. Michael Vick was suspended indefinitely back in 2007 after his guilty pleas. Will he be eligible to play in 2009?

His attorney said he, “has every reason to believe upon his release, he will be reinstated into the NFL, resume his career and earn a substantial living.”

NFL Commissioner Roger Goddell acknowledged Vick has paid a price, but said “to a large extent he’s going to have to demonstrate to the larger community - not just to the NFL and to me - that he has remorse for what he did.”

His bull$h!t ghostwritten memoir should help with that.

In the spirit of April Fools Day, click to enlarge some classic Michael Vick pics - both real and altered - and laugh heartily at this giant fool in action:

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Looks like former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick is following in O.J. Simpson's footsteps by shopping a book about his rise from poverty to stardom and the misadventures that landed one of football's greatest talents behind bars.

A proposed memoir of Vick's rise from poverty to stardom would likely be an attempt to show the NFL that he's sorry enough to be let back in the league.

Vick is due to be granted early release from federal prison this year after being convicted in a dogfighting probe. He'll have served nearly two years.

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Will the NFL give Michael Vick another chance?

Sounds crazy, but if he can still play, it's pretty to remaining suspended forever... just ask Pacman Jones. That guy always turns up again on some team no matter how many thugz get shot when he decides to makes it rain.

There's still hope, Michael Vick!

Lucky for him. Apparently he's a real high-roller with bills to pay and a shortage of cash. The license plate factory doesn't have the cachet it once did. Gotta get cracking!

Whomever ghostwrites Vick's memoir has a difficult task ahead to make him appear sympathetic, but hey, at least he didn't kill two people and rob another like O.J.

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Imprisoned NFL star Michael Vick will be allowed to serve the last months of his sentence under home confinement because there is no room at a halfway house for him, a government official told The Associated Press Thursday.

At least he'll have more time to contest the $63 billion lawsuit against him.

The former Atlanta quarterback is currently serving a 23-month sentence at the federal penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kan., after pleading guilty to bankrolling a dogfighting operation at a home he owned in eastern Virginia’s Surry County.

He also admitted to participating in the killing of underperforming dogs.

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Lawyers for Michael Vick expected him to be moved any day into a halfway house in Newport News. But because of a lack of space, Vick will be released instead to his spacious home in nearby Hampton at some point on or after May 21.

The Hampton house is one of four Michael Vick still owns, according to his bankruptcy court papers. He sold the Surry County property that served as headquarters for his Bad Newz Kennelz ring soon after his July 2007 indictment.

Vick will be on electronic monitoring and confined to the house, only allowed to leave for activities approved by his probation officer, the official said.

Most likely, that does not include murdering dogs with his bare hands.

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Embattled NFL star Michael Vick, who is already serving time on federal dogfighting charges, has been sacked again - this time by a $63,000,000,000 lawsuit.

The skinny: A South Carolina inmate who alleges the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback stole his pit bulls and sold them on eBay to buy missiles from Iran.

Jonathan Lee Riches filed the handwritten complaint over "theft and abuse of my animals" on July 23 in the U.S. District Court in Richmond, Virginia.

Riches alleges that Vick stole two white mixed pit bull dogs from his home in Holiday, Fla., and used them for dogfighting operations in Richmond.

The complaint alleges that Michael Vick sold the dogs in question on eBay and “used the proceeds to purchase missiles from the Iran government.”

Michael Vick is dogged everywhere these days. Including hilariously doctored photos.

The lawsuit goes on to allege that the disgraced athlete would need those missiles because he pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda in February of this year.

Michael Vick has to stop physically hurting my feelings and dashing my hopes,” Riches writes in the hilarious and insane, but heartfelt complaint.

Riches wants his $63 billion "backed by gold and silver" and delivered to the front gates to the Williamsburg Federal Correctional facility in South Carolina, where he resides as an inmate, serving out a wire fraud conviction.

Good thing they requested their $63 billion settlement be backed by gold and silver. Securities and bonds are just too risky in this economic climate.

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If you thought there couldn't be much else out there that would damage the image of Michael Vick more than he already has, well, think again!

Records show the disgraced former NFL star dropped a staggering $201,840 on the same day he reported to federal prison on dogfighting charges.

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According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, this sick puppy shelled out $3,627,291 from August 27, 2007, the day he pleaded guilty in federal court in Richmond, Va., 'til November 19, the day he reported to jail in Leavenworth, Kan.

On what could one possibly spend that much, even if one were dumb enough to? To give you an idea, here's his breakdown for just that one day:

  • New Mercedes within which to transport self to the slammer ('cuz thugz gotta roll in style!): $99,000
  • Money for baby mama of his oldest child (how sweet): $28,000
  • Payment to PR firm (which clearly isn't doing a very good job if this very story is getting out): $23,000
  • Cash for a friend (gotta take care of da boyz): $16,000
  • Miscellaneous jewelry (bling that was likely confiscated the second he walked in the door): $10,940

The documents reveal that Michael Vick chose to handle most of his business in cash, withdrawing more than $908,000 of the green stuff from his bank accounts in 2007 alone. When you're rich, you don't write checks ...

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Former NFL star quarterback Michael Vick pleaded guilty Tuesday to a state dogfighting charge, which ironically will help him become eligible for an early release from federal prison and hasten his return to pro football.

Vick pleaded guilty to one charge and not guilty to a second that was then dropped. The former Atlanta Falcons QB was handed a three-year suspended sentence.

"I want to apologize to the court, my family, and to all the kids who looked up to me as a role model," said Vick, who arrived via police escort and in shackles.

Vick's mother Brenda Boddie, brother Marcus Vick and fiancee Kijafa Frink were all on hand. Michael is serving a 23-month sentence in Leavenworth, Kansas.

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Michael Vick is scheduled for release from federal prison on July 20, 2009.

Federal law prohibits prisoners from being released to a halfway house if there are unresolved charges against them - the primary reason for his Virginia plea.

Since the conviction, Mike Vick has filed for bankruptcy after losing nearly all of the earnings from his record-breaking $130 million contract he signed in 2004.

Vick was convicted of the federal charges in August 2007 when he admitted bankrolling a dogfighting operation at a home he owned in Virginia's Surry County.

He also admitted to participating in the killing of several underperforming dogs, and it was also learned that he forced domestic animals to participate in fights.

Michael Vick Biography

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