Vick Seeks Role As 'Ambassador'

Nfl

August 15, 2009

A remorseful Michael Vick wants a second chance and vowed to crusade for animal rights with the Philadelphia Eagles - and knows he won't be easily forgiven by fans.

"I've done some terrible things, I made a horrible mistake. And now I want to be part of the solution and not the problem," Vick said Friday, referring to his conviction for his role in running a dogfighting ring.

Vick was introduced by the Eagles a day after signing a one-year deal for $1.6 million with a team option for a second year for $5.2 million. None of the money is guaranteed, so the Eagles face no financial risk if Vick does not make the team.

Vick was flanked by Eagles coach Andy Reid and mentor Tony Dungy.

"I really got the sense he wanted to do some great things," Dungy said. "He wanted to be a positive role model for young people."

Vick has been out of action since 2006. The former Atlanta Falcons star served 18 months of a 23-month sentence in federal prison

Vick said he wants to be the "best ambassador to the NFL and community" and that he hopes to play in a regular-season game soon.

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