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.
November 16, 2010 |
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.
May 20, 2009 |
As one of the country's leading animal-rights advocates, Wayne Pacelle never imagined he would be here -- eye to eye with Michael Vick, engaged in a heartfelt and productive conversation with the disgraced quarterback. But Pacelle, president and chief executive of the Humane Society of the United States, made two trips in the last month to meet with Vick in the federal penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kan.
November 23, 2010 |
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick urged high school students in New Haven, Conn., to show kindness toward animals, adding to the string of appearances he has made since returning from a dogfighting conviction to become one of the NFL's most exciting players. Vick has spoken at several schools since his release from federal prison in what has been described as an effort to ensure some good comes out of his negative experience. At Hillhouse High in New Haven, he told an audience packed with students that he has matured since his involvement with the Bad Newz Kennels dogfighting enterprise on his property in rural southeastern Virginia.
July 10, 2013 |
There's plenty of controversy over the suitability of pit bulls as pets. Some are temperamentally more suited than others. But few people would think a pit bull that was actually used in the illegal sport of dogfighting could be transformed into a gentle pet. Yet that's what the staff at Best Friends Animal Society did with Michael Vick's grand champion fighting dog, Lucas. After Vick, the pro football player, was convicted of felony charges stemming from his connection to an illegal dogfighting ring in 2007, the animal welfare group was given custody of 22 dogs from the fighting kennel operation.
August 21, 2012 |
Michael Vick might not end up with much of a preseason, but he is expected to be ready to play once the regular season rolls around. The latter part should be great news for Philadelphia Eagles fans, who saw their quarterback get knocked to the ground by New England's Jermaine Cunningham on the sixth play of Monday night's game. Vick left the game and didn't return, but X-rays came back negative. Actually, Eagles fans might not be too heartbroken if Vick misses the rest of the preseason either.
November 6, 2012 |
Marcus Vick, brother of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, had posted only two messages on his Twitter account since early September. He more than made up for it during the Eagles' "Monday Night Football" game against the Saints, sending out no fewer than 24 tweets defending his brother, slamming the offensive line or, most often, a combination of the two. Here are a few samples: "I never seen a Qb get hit every time he drop...
October 7, 2009 |
He's out of prison, back in the NFL, and now Michael Vick is going to star in his own television series. The quarterback, who took his first regular-season pro snap just two weeks ago after serving 18 months in prison, is partnering with BET for a new eight-part docu-series scheduled to air early next year. The program, tentatively titled "The Michael Vick Project," spotlights his controversial comeback with the Philadelphia Eagles while also examining his tumultuous past -- including his troubled childhood and his 2007 arrest for running a dogfighting ring.
November 22, 2013 |
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.
September 23, 2010 |
Dog lovers don't have to like it, but patience, humility and, of course, enormous physical gifts brought Michael Vick back after a wildly out of whack moral compass led him astray. â¦ You're probably a close relative or a soothsayer if you predicted as recently as last spring that Vick would be an NFL starter this season and "playing out of his mind," as Philadelphia Eagles Coach Andy Reid noted this week. â¦ Sixteen months ago, the ex-ringleader of the Bad Newz Kennels dogfighting ring was still imprisoned at Leavenworth, Kan. â¦ Ichiro Suzuki is a marvel.