Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick recently signed an endorsement deal with a Pennsylvania-based sports gear company, marking his first paid agreement since serving time for a dog fighting conviction back in 2007.

According to the Associated Press, Unequal Technologies announced a two-year deal with Vick on Jan. 27, after he wore their shock-absorbing football pads most of last season.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of the Unequal team,” Vick said in a statement, according to CNN.

Vick will be the company’s first corporate spokesman. Terms of his deal have not been announced, but Unequal company officials told the AP it’s a “sizeable” contract.

“We’re real excited about it,” Chief Executive Officer Rob Vito told the AP. “Michael is good people. He paid his dues. He deserves an opportunity…He’s a whole other person.”

The deal is Vick’s first paid endorsement since his return to the NFL last year. He appeared in a car dealership commercial last month, but didn’t receive compensation.

Controversy demolished Vick’s career—and his endorsements—in 2007 after it was discovered that he participated in a dog-fighting ring and played a role in the execution of several dogs.

Vick, then the quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons, pleaded guilty to one count of dog-fighting in November 2008 and served 23 months in prison.

At the onset of his legal troubles, Vick lost all of his endorsements, including a $2 million deal with Nike.

Though he’s since apologized for the incident, various animal support groups have been reluctant to forgive him for his actions. After he told NBC’s The Grio Web site in December that he’d like to own another dog one day, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals released a statement claimed, “Vick should be banned from owning dogs for life.”

Vito believes the athlete should be absolved of his misdoings.

“As a dog owner, I know the love of a pet…but as a Christian, I believe that people can repent and deserve a second chance,” Vito told CNN.