Michael Vick is back pitching products.
Vick has signed his first endorsement contract since his release from federal prison. The Philadelphia Eagles’ Pro Bowl quarterback signed a two-year contract with Unequal Technologies, a provider of the football pads Vick wore for most of this season.
“We’re real excited about it,” chief executive officer Rob Vito said Tuesday. “Michael is good people. He paid his dues. President Obama reached out to him. He deserves an opportunity. This is what makes America so great. He’s moved forward. He’s a whole other person.”
Vito said Vick is the company’s first corporate spokesman. Terms of his deal weren’t disclosed, but Vito said it’s a “sizable” contract.
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Vick was once the NFL’s highest-paid player and he endorsed many products during his six seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. But Vick lost everything following his 2007 arrest on dogfighting charges, for which he served 18 months in federal prison.
He returned to the NFL in 2009 with the Eagles and worked his way from a seldom-used third-string quarterback to the key player on a division-winning team. He will start for the NFC in the Pro Bowl on Sunday.
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