(Eds: With AP Photos.) By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist Up until this week, the hardest thing Michael Vick had to do this season was figure out how to tell people he was a dog owner once again.
He did it in a statement last month that said a lot about how far he has come since the days he and his buddies thought nothing about killing dogs that weren't good enough to make a few bucks for his Bad Newz Kennels.
''This is an opportunity to break the cycle,'' said Vick, who said he understood how some people might be upset he had a dog. ''To that end, I will continue to honor my commitment to animal welfare and be an instrument of positive change.''
That Vick has come this far in his personal rehabilitation is a testament to his perseverance. He did his time - 18 months of it in the federal prison at Leavenworth - then spent some of his time speaking to kids about animal cruelty and the dangers of dogfighting.
If he hasn't been completely forgiven by dog lovers, he's probably no l...