Michael Vick is a megastar.
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That much is evident the moment you step foot on campus at Lehigh University for the Philadelphia Eagles’ training camp. The abundance of green No. 7 jerseys scattered throughout the enthusiastic, vocal crowd signifies the adoration Eagles fans have for their athletic quarterback.
But it wasn’t always that way.
Just five years ago, Vick plead guilty to federal charges for his role in the Bad Newz Kennels dog fighting ring and spent 23 months in prison. He was the recipient of scorn, hatred and protests against his presence in the game of football for the heinous acts he committed on helpless dogs.
Before that, the stardom he had seen with the Atlanta Falcons had already begun to burn out, starting with the infamous “Ron Mexico” scandal in 2005, then moving on to the incident when he flipped the bird to fans at the Georgia Dome in 2006 and the overblown story on a suspicious water bottle detained at Miami Internatio...