Vick Back with Nike after Four-Year Layoff

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Last year’s redemption season didn’t just put Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick back on the NFL map, it also put him back with mega giant Nike. The company inked Vick to a deal in 2001 as the superstar of the Atlanta Falcons but later terminated his contract in 2007 after Vick pleaded guilty to charges of dog fighting. But after a comeback season in terms of production and public appeal, Nike once again signed Vick to a deal July 1.

“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.”

Known for his quickness and scrambling ability, Vick made strides as a passer last season and set career highs with 3,018 passing yards and 21 touchdown strikes. He completed 62.6 percent of his passes while ringing up a 100.2 passer rating to go along with his nine rushing touchdowns. Despite missing three games, Vick was named the Associated Press Comeback Player of the Year after leading the Eagles to the NFC East Division crown and the first round of the playoffs with a 10-6 record.

“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, a Chicago-based attorney who negotiated the deal for Vick.”