Vick Takes Part in Humane Society Program
Michael Vick participated in a community service program Wednesday in Chicago in conjunction with the Humane Society, the organization announced.
The recently reinstated quarterback was spotted at O'Hare Airport late Tuesday, generating speculation that he was in Chicago to meet with the Bears about possibly playing for them.
But the Chicago Sun-Times reported it's unlikely that the Bears will try to sign Vick despite the close relationship between their coach, Lovie Smith, and Tony Dungy, the former Indianapolis Colts coach who's serving as an adviser to Vick.
The Humane Society released a written statement by Wayne Pacelle, its president and chief executive officer, about Vick's participation in an anti-dogfighting campaign.
"Today, Michael Vick joined me for a community education program for at-risk youth at the Liberation Christian Center in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood," Pacelle said in the written statement. "Leaders of The Humane Society of the United States' End Dogfighting campaign and a number of church leaders throughout the area also attended. We spoke with dozens of young people, and Michael shared his story, expressed remorse for his actions, urged the community to stand up to dogfighting, and asked them to help with the campaign.
"I was heartened to see these kids sitting on the edge of their seats as they listened to speakers convey that dogfighting is wrong. This practice is inhumane, and it is a dead end street for anyone who takes it up as a hobby or livelihood. Our program already deploys former dogfighters, and they have demonstrated a special ability to relate to at-risk kids and steer them in our direction. We also have dog experts in the program who work with the young men and their dogs and show them that there are alternatives to fighting, such as behavior work and agility training.
"We look forward to hosting more of these prevention programs, and also to continuing our work with law enforcement to end dogfighting anywhere it exists in this country."
Vick missed the last two NFL seasons while serving his federal sentence for his role in a dogfighting operation in Virginia.
He has been conditionally reinstated by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, making him eligible to sign with any interested team. Vick is eligible to play in his club's final two preseason games if he's signed, and Goodell is to rule by Week 6 of the season on Vick's eligibility to play in regular season games.
Vick is a free agent after being released by the Atlanta Falcons during the offseason. Dungy has said he expects Vick to sign with a team this week.
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