Vick Accepts Second Chance with NFL and God

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Michael Vick won't know if he can play in an NFL game until the sixth week of the regular season.

After serving his 23-month sentence for dogfighting, Vick has been signed to the Philadelphia Eagles.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will watch how he behaves off the field, but not everyone thinks Vick deserved a second chance.

"At this point right now, I am just blessed to have an opportunity to be here with this organization," Vick said after learning he would be allowed to play again.

Vick hit the Philadelphia Eagles' practice field, three months out of prison and four days after signing his contract.

"I believe everybody deserves a second chance and I have strong faith in God that He forgives our sins and gives us an opportunity to move on in a positive light to continue to inspire others," said Eagles quaterback Donovan McNabb.

A second  chance for "No. 7" come easy for his team mates, but winning the support of some Eagle fans is going take time.  

"Why do they need a distraction?" one fan asked. "Why do they need Michael Vick?"

Vick's dogfighting case dominated the headlines and sidelined his multi-million dollar career. 

The former Atlanta Falcons quaterback granted CBS sports broadcaster James Brown and 60 Minutes his first interview after leaving prison.

"He says he is serious about his Christian walk, that he is back on the Word and trying to grow," said former NFL coach and outspoken Christian Tony Dungee. "He is a baby Christian, so from that standpoint that is more important to me than that which I do in my vocation as a sports caster."

Dungy also praised Vick in an interview with CBN News prior to the dogfighting scandal. He offered the quarterback support while he served his sentence and will continue to serve as his mentor.

"Prayerfully, Michael Vick is saying, 'I have got this second chance. This man is speaking life into me and I just don't want to disappoint him,'" said CBN Sports Reporter Shawn Brown.

Brown has interviewed Dungy many times and says there is no better mentor for Vick. 

"In football you are not going to win every game so how do you respond?  It's by knowing that God is in charge," Dungy said. "And eventually, He is going to bring glory in all situations, in your victories and in your defeats."

A true rebound for Vick begins with an honest relationship with God.

*Originally aired August 21, 2009

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