Eagles’ Vick Re-Signs With Nike

NEW YORK (AP) — Nike re-signed Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick to an endorsement deal Friday, nearly four years after dropping him amid his legal troubles.

Nike, which signed Vick as a rookie in 2001, terminated his contract in August 2007 after he filed a plea agreement admitting his involvement in a dogfighting ring. Vick spent 21 months in prison.

CNBC first reported the deal. Terms were not released.

“Michael acknowledges his past mistakes,” Nike said in a statement. “We do not condone those actions, but we support the positive changes he has made to better himself off the field.”

Vick was voted The Associated Press Comeback Player of the Year after missing two seasons and playing sparingly in 2009.

“Michael is committed to working with Nike and wants to utilize his platform as a professional athlete to have a positive impact on our youth,” said Andrew Stroth, the Chicago-based attorney who negotiated the deal for Vick.

Nike and Vick initially renewed their relationship in 2009, when the company announced it had “agreed to supply product” to the quarterback, who was not under contract. Nike has similar agreements with several athletes with whom they don’t have endorsement deals.

Vick signed a one-year contract with the Eagles in March, a few weeks after being designated as the team’s franchise player. He led the Eagles to a 10-6 record and the NFC East title after replacing an injured Kevin Kolb in Week 1.

Despite missing three games with an injury, Vick re-established himself as one of the most exciting players in the NFL. He set career highs with 3,018 yards passing, 21 touchdown passes, nine touchdowns rushing, a 62.6 completion percentage and a 100.2 passer rating.

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  • John

    BOYCOTT NIKE!!!!! They hire dog killers.

  • tom Sharp

    Did they change their logo to the bloodied skull of a Pit Bull?

  • Denver Deadite

    Nice to see that all one needs to do to ‘turn their life around’ is play pro sports and they can achieve ‘redemption’.

    Good grief.

  • Vicky

    Nike can smooch my crack.

  • jim green

    really sad when all one has to do is “acknowledge” their past “mistakes”. Dog torturing, electrocuting, fighting, drowning and beating to death are not Mistakes. They are the choice of an evil, soulless monster. Guess that’s the last pair of Nikes I ever buy.

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    Guys, he served time. He could have wound up with nothing left. There are players who don’t go to jail, and come up with nothing.
    I’ve never been a Nike fan, anyway. Probably outspend Reebok and Converse combined, but how much do the factory workers make?

    I don’t like dog fighting, but there are far worse guys out there. I don’t like drivers that get in their cars and use them as weapons, or are too stupid to care.

    • John

      Trying to rationalize the criminal, jungle savage behavior of Vicks by saying “there are far worse guys out there” is ridiculous and why blacks continue to be America’s greatest liability. Their mommas always tell us what good boys they are after their crime rampages.

      • WILSON!

        On a weekend where we celebrate America, you want to write that?
        On any day of the week, for that matter, you want to write that?

        Well, don’t look for any more correspondence past this. I won’t check for a response.

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