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October 12, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
After spending 18 months in federal prison in a dogfighting case, Michael Vick has decided to get a dog as a family pet. "I understand the strong emotions by some people about our family's decision to care for a pet," Vick said in a statement. "As a father, it is important to make sure my children develop a healthy relationship with animals. I want to ensure that my children establish a loving bond and treat all of God's creatures with kindness and respect. Our pet is well cared for and loved as a member of our family.
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April 8, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Michael Vick will be a polarizing figure as long as he remains in the NFL. The quarterback spent 19 months in prison after pleading guilty to a federal dogfighting conspiracy charge in 2007 but staged a successful comeback in the league, spending the last five seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. After signing with the New York Jets during the off-season, Vick now has a new group of fans to win over. A petition posted on Change.org shows it might not be easy. More than 4,000 people have signed the document asking for State University of New York-Cortland President Erik J. Bitterbaum to ban Vick from campus, where the Jets have held training camp since 2009.
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November 12, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Philadelphia Eagles Coach Andy Reid says Michael Vick suffered a “pretty significant' concussion during Sunday's 38-23 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Reid said he told the quarterback to stay home and rest Monday after Vick complained of a headache and fatigue. Nick Foles took over at quarterback for the Eagles in the second quarter Sunday and completed 22 of 32 passes for 219 yards, with one touchdown and an interception. He will probably start Sunday against the Washington Redskins.
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November 22, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Nick Foles has been playing out of his mind ever since taking over for the injured Michael Vick as the Philadelphia Eagles' starting quarterback. Now Foles has the backing of at least one prominent member of the Eagles organization, who says he should remain the team's starter even when Vick is back from his nagging hamstring injury. That person is Vick himself. The 11-year veteran told Philadelphia radio station 94 WIP that the Eagles would be crazy not to continue playing a guy who has thrown 16 touchdowns and no interceptions this season.
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August 20, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
One of the biggest mysteries this NFL season is what type of offense first-year Philadelphia Eagles Coach Chip Kelly will run. Now we have a bit of a hint. Kelly named Michael Vick the Eagles' starting quarterback Tuesday, giving him the nod over Nick Foles and dark-horse rookie Matt Barkley. The coach had been expected to announce a starter for the exhibition game against Jacksonville, but instead named Vick the permanent No. 1 quarterback. “It's not a one-game trial basis,” Kelly said, according to USA Today.
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November 16, 2010 | Jerry Crowe
Michael Vick's on-field transformation has been remarkable. ? At this rate, Vick might one day join Doug Williams as the only African American quarterbacks to win Super Bowl championships while also gaining entry to another exclusive club: left-handed Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks. ? Ken Stabler and Steve Young could use some company. ? Young, like Vick a dynamic dual threat, is the only left-handed quarterback in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. ? USC turned back the clock Saturday in its victory at Arizona, dominating with a punishing, clock-controlling ground attack led by workmanlike tailback Marc Tyler . ?
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November 16, 2010 | Bill Plaschke
While Michael Vick was screaming toward the sky, a black pit bull named Mel was standing quietly by a door. On this night, like many other nights, Mel was waiting for his owners to take him outside, but he couldn't alert them with a bark. He doesn't bark. He won't bark. The bark has been beaten out of him. While Michael Vick was running for glory, Mel was cowering toward a wall. Every time the 4-year-old dog meets a stranger, he goes into convulsions. He staggers back into a wall for protection.
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July 28, 2009 | Sam Farmer
Michael Vick, sidelined from pro football for two years after a dogfighting scandal, has received a conditional reinstatement from the NFL, clearing the way for him to return this season. But a question remains: Which team is ready to step up and sign the disgraced quarterback? That's the next step after Monday's news that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has lifted the indefinite suspension of Vick in hopes of granting him full reinstatement by Week 6 at the latest, and possibly earlier.
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February 11, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
The Michael Vick era may not be over in Philadelphia after all. The quarterback who lost his starting job late last season has agreed to a restructured contract with the Eagles and is expected to compete with Nick Foles to run new Coach Chip Kelly's offense next season. Vick, who was slated to earn $16 million in 2013, appeared to be on his way out of town along with former coach Andy Reid after injuries and inconsistent play led to his benching and contributed to the Eagles' dismal 4-12 season.
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March 12, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has been forced to cancel a series of book-signing dates because of death threats. "Despite warnings of planned protests, Vick had hoped to continue with the appearances as planned, bringing his story of redemption and second chance to major markets," Worthy Publishing said in a statement. "However, once the reported protests escalated into threats of violence against the retailers, Worthy Publishing, Vick and his family decided to cancel the events.
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October 24, 2013 | Wire reports
Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley's football future remains in question, but he's taken a major step toward recovering from the spinal contusion sustained in Week 7. A person with knowledge of Finley's condition told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport that the tight end was released from the hospital Thursday. At this point, surgery is not deemed necessary, though it is an option, and Finley might elect to have surgery to completely eliminate any future risk.
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October 21, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Michael Vick has been on his best behavior lately. More than four years after his 19-month stint in federal prison for his role in a dogfighting ring, Vick has stayed on the right side of the law, regaining his NFL career and many lucrative endorsement deals as well. Heck, he's even a dog owner again. But none of that prevented the now-injured Philadelphia Eagles quarterback from landing in the top spot of Forbes.com's list of the most disliked NFL players, based on the latest surveys from E-Poll Market Research.
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August 21, 2013
Writers from around Tribune Co. discuss whether Michael Vick will be able to hold on to the Philadelphia Eagles' starting quarterback spot the entire season. Join the conversation by voting in the poll and leaving a comment of your own. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times If Michael Vick stays healthy… that's a big if. I subscribe to the theory of Arizona Cardinals Coach Bruce Arians, who says, “If you put a quarterback in harm's way enough times, harm will come to him.” NFL defenses are going to be far better prepared for running quarterbacks, and Vick, 33, the oldest player on the roster, will have a tough time staying upright.
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August 20, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
One of the biggest mysteries this NFL season is what type of offense first-year Philadelphia Eagles Coach Chip Kelly will run. Now we have a bit of a hint. Kelly named Michael Vick the Eagles' starting quarterback Tuesday, giving him the nod over Nick Foles and dark-horse rookie Matt Barkley. The coach had been expected to announce a starter for the exhibition game against Jacksonville, but instead named Vick the permanent No. 1 quarterback. “It's not a one-game trial basis,” Kelly said, according to USA Today.
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August 20, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller received a six-game suspension under the NFL's substance-abuse policy Tuesday, taking away the best defensive player from a team many expect to make a run at the Super Bowl. The league wanted a longer penalty for the third-year linebacker, but the sides agreed to less than half the season, a person familiar with the negotiations between the linebacker and the NFL told the Associated Press. Broncos Executive Vice President John Elway said the team was frustrated with what happened "and, I think, disappointed in Von. " According to the NFL, Miller is eligible to play and practice through the last two preseason games.
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August 6, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
Riley Cooper has run a comeback pattern, and few people might have predicted it would come this quickly. The humiliated Philadelphia Eagles receiver is returning to the team just four days after announcing he planned to step away from the NFL to work on personal issues. On Tuesday, the Eagles tweeted: "WR Riley Cooper has returned from his excused absence and is scheduled to practice with the team today. " A video surfaced last week of an apparently intoxicated Cooper using a racial slur for black people while at a country music concert in June.
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October 14, 2012
Philadelphia Eagles star quarterback Michael Vick, convicted in 2007 of running a brutal dogfighting operation, has gotten a dog. "I understand the strong emotions by some people about our family's decision to care for a pet," he explained in a statement. "As a father, it is important to make sure my children develop a healthy relationship with animals. " Can that be right? Should a man who committed such a crime ever be allowed to own a dog of his own? We think he should. Vick served about a year and a half in federal prison, finished three years of probation and acted as a spokesperson for the Humane Society of the United States, speaking out, particularly to young people, on the evils of dogfighting.
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August 4, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
PHILADELPHIA  - Matt Barkley hasn't even played in his first NFL exhibition game, and already the Philadelphia Eagles rookie quarterback has his ring. It's made of black rubber, and he wears it on his left hand, a temporary wedding band Barkley wears during practices and while lifting weights. He plans to switch eventually to a silver-colored one. "My wife didn't really notice at first, but when she did, she really appreciated it," said Barkley, the former USC standout who married college sweetheart Brittany Langdon last month.
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August 1, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC is ranked No. 24 in the USA Today preseason college football coaches poll. The Trojans were ranked third going into last season in the coaches poll and first in the Associated Press media poll before stumbling to a 7-6 record. Two-time defending national champion Alabama is ranked No. 1 . USC is one of five Pac-12 teams in the top 25. Oregon is ranked third, Stanford fourth, UCLA 21st and Oregon State 25th. USC does not play Oregon in the regular season, but the Trojans will face four teams ranked in the preseason poll: Stanford, UCLA, Oregon State and No. 11 Notre Dame.
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