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Vick gets first significant endorsement deal since return to league

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In perhaps the clearest sign yet that Michael Vick is back in good graces with more of the American public, the Eagles quarterback has signed his first significant endorsement deal since returning to the league.

This isn’t a $100 million Nike deal, but it’s a start for a man who was once the most marketable man in his sport.

Vick signed a two-year endorsement deal with a company that makes football pads called Unequal Technologies, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.

The story notes Vick did a car dealership commercial in New Jersey in December, but that was reportedly just for the use of a car.  This contract is a “sizable” investment.

“We’re real excited about it,” CEO Rob Vito said. “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.”

Vick already used the product, so the endorsement makes sense.  It would be a lot more surprising to see a big national corporation trust Vick again to sell their product.
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  1. infectorman says: Jan 26, 2011 9:16 AM

    well well well,
    Redemption sells!

  2. anthonyfromstatenisland says: Jan 26, 2011 9:17 AM

    As an Eagles fan for 40 years, I’m praying there’s a lockout – since if there isn’t, Daniel Snyder will have outbid Tightwad Lurie for Vick’s services by 12:05 AM on March 4.

  3. krow101 says: Jan 26, 2011 9:22 AM

    Vick’s endorsement is huge in the sociopath community.

  4. wallyhorse says: Jan 26, 2011 9:24 AM

    I would agree on big companies being reluctant to use Vick because then those who feel Vick should never have been allowed back would use that to go after such companies, but given Vick has paid his debt and realizes how much he lost by his earlier actions, I suspect there will be companies willing to use him to endorse products.

  5. rbrow018 says: Jan 26, 2011 9:26 AM

    Good for Vick…………and for all of you dog apologists out there who still think he should burn in hell………i want to know why that same hatred isn’t geared towards guys like Dante Stallworth and Leonard Little who got off alot easier for (in my opinion) more severe crimes.

  6. joetoronto says: Jan 26, 2011 9:29 AM

    “The story notes Vick did a car dealership commercial in New Jersey in December, but that was reportedly just for the use of a car.”

    lol, what a loser.

  7. runwright44 says: Jan 26, 2011 9:29 AM

    He’s moved forward. He’s a whole other person.”

    And Mr. Vito would know this because…..

  8. fonetiklee says: Jan 26, 2011 9:36 AM

    I doubt he gets another huge endorsement deal, ever. He’s just too divisive. Good for him on this one though, his creditors should be happy to hear this.

  9. sj39 says: Jan 26, 2011 9:39 AM

    Vick paid his dues for laws he broke not for all the other sick things he did like throwing helpless family pet type dogs in with pit bulls to let them rip the helpless dog to shreds for practice. I cannot and will not ever forgive him for that and I hope the worst for him.

  10. djrando7 says: Jan 26, 2011 9:42 AM

    Maybe he can sign an endorsment deal with Taco Bell. I heard that they are in need of some other kind of meat other than cow for their meat. He can supply the dog meat. Great partnership in the making.

  11. cup1981 says: Jan 26, 2011 9:43 AM

    I can’t wait until he gets busted again. Everyone knows it’s going to happen sooner or later… Once a POS always a POS as a QB and a person.

  12. moochzilla says: Jan 26, 2011 9:47 AM

    When did President Obama reach out to him?

    He mentioned it in passing while on a phone call with Jeff Lurie to discuss the Eagles becoming a green facility.

    They act like he named him Secretary of State.

  13. richm2256 says: Jan 26, 2011 9:47 AM

    Also under consideration is an endorsement deal from Louisville Slugger, the preferred bat Vick “already used” to beat the dogs that lost, as well as a promotion with NAPA jumper cables, which Vick determined delivered the most amperage for electrocuting dogs ….. 14 gauge, of course. Hooked upto a Sears Die-Hard for maximum effectiveness.

    The possibilities for Vick are endless.

  14. JimmySmith says: Jan 26, 2011 9:54 AM

    My only disappointment is that the product endorsement is for football pads because it doesn’t afford me the opportunity to boycott the brand.

    Mr. Vito is entitled to his opinion but as a business leader, his decision to invest significant money in a sociopathic dog killer can back fire in a hurry. To borrow his term “good people”, well, good people don’t kill defenseless animals for joy, a better term for that might be scumbag.

  15. oranjellojones says: Jan 26, 2011 9:54 AM

    The only thing this is evidence of is some people trying to shove this dirtbag down America’s throats and a reflection of the Company in question’s moral substance. The country is no more behind him than they ever were. The People that supported him before still do and vice versa.

    Say what you want about paying your debt to society (I have issues with that since he never served a day for a single dog cruelty charge, he went down for interstate gambling charges), but it’s a complete crock that this CEO thinks anyone who picks up an animal and slams it to the ground by it’s hind legs until it’s dead could ever qualify as “Good people”. Serving a year or two in Jail and having your ass covered by the league and the team you played for all while being given a open armed, multimillion dollar reception is what’s giving these lowlife companies courage, not a wave of forgiveness sweeping the nation.

    Some people do an amazing job of making our country more of a craphole every day. This CEO is exhibit A.

  16. cheatsburgh says: Jan 26, 2011 9:59 AM

    puppy chow should give him a call. in all honestly though the guy isn’t very bright and made a real bad mistake. america loves a comeback story.

  17. myvickinabox14 says: Jan 26, 2011 10:01 AM

    I’m glad to hear this. I am really glad to have the family and friends that I have. You all have no forgiveness at all. What happens if somebody in your family makes a mistake. There are murderers, rapists, and just general dbags in the NFL. Keep hating on Vick. Classy people yall are

  18. georgegabriel9 says: Jan 26, 2011 10:05 AM

    Good for you, Mike. The boy did wrong, but aren’t you scumbags that are slagging him off grateful that he is putting his second chance at life to a good use? What about all the people that DO come out of jail and reoffend? Vick did wrong, but he couldn’t be doing much more right nowadays. Go hate on someone else that has a) Done worse (Stallworth, Little) or b) someone that takes their second and third chances for granted (Tank Johnson, Pacman, Roethlisberger)

  19. justin5117 says: Jan 26, 2011 10:05 AM

    Ben Roethlisberger rapped a young female and know one has a problem with that, along with Ray Lewis killing a man. I’m condoning Vick’s action but he did his time in prison. He’s a changed man.

  20. j0esixpack says: Jan 26, 2011 10:06 AM

    Well, this is the first endorsement offer that he ACCEPTED

    The Inhumane Society offered to make him their spokesman but he wisely declined

  21. Jay says: Jan 26, 2011 10:06 AM

    “The story notes Vick did a car dealership commercial in New Jersey in December, but that was reportedly just for the use of a car.”

    lol, what a loser.

    ————————————–

    A loser who’s driving a brand new, shiny Armada worth upwards of $50k and doesn’t have to share a dime of its value with his creditors.

    Yep, Vick still owes millions and has to give a sizable portion of any money he makes to the creditors.

    Loser indeed.

  22. rugdaniels says: Jan 26, 2011 10:12 AM

    Ray Lewis went from being involved in a murder trial to getting on the cover of Madden and selling deoderant…granted he was never convicted as Vick was, but he there was a time no one would touch him.

    I can’t see Vick getting another major endorsement deal though…by the time the public gets over what he did he’ll be past his prime and no longer a player worth giving an endorsement deal to anyway.

    I’m resigned to the fact that Vick’s been welcomed back into the league. I’ll deal with having to watch him on Sundays, but I don’t want to see him during prime time.

  23. deepbacksidedig says: Jan 26, 2011 10:17 AM

    djrando7 says:
    Jan 26, 2011 9:42 AM

    Maybe he can sign an endorsement deal with Taco Bell.
    *******
    Vick and the little dog, looking at him nervously.
    Sad Mike Vick.
    Dog an he being buddies,
    happy dog, happy mike vick.

    Part of a why cant’ we all get along theme.
    Obama and Palin look-alikes
    enjoying tacos.

    It could be huge i’m tellin ya…
    Until the protesters show up.
    I don’t think dog lover s will ever forget, nor forgive him.

  24. spartyfi says: Jan 26, 2011 10:18 AM

    our legal system is supposed to be about reforming (though we all know it’s not) and some of you can not get past the past. Get over it, he paid his debt to our society whether you like it or not. Those of you that don’t forgive him and call him a “sociopath” (which by the way is completely off base) and judge him are probably Christians, and obviously, not very good ones. Your God would be ashamed of you!!!!!

  25. pitpig says: Jan 26, 2011 10:19 AM

    I wonder if the animal cruelty crowd has as much hatred for hunters who shoot for fun, not meat.

  26. realitypolice says: Jan 26, 2011 10:22 AM

    rbrow018 says:
    Jan 26, 2011 9:26 AM
    Good for Vick…………and for all of you dog apologists out there who still think he should burn in hell………i want to know why that same hatred isn’t geared towards guys like Dante Stallworth and Leonard Little who got off alot easier for (in my opinion) more severe crimes.
    =========================

    Thanks for asking.

    First of all, I don’t “hate” Michael Vick. But to your question as to why some people consider what he did to be worse than what Stallworth did, I offer the following explanation.

    Yes, the RESULT of Stallworth’s actions can be considered worse than the RESULT of Vick’s. Human life in this society rightly carries higher regard than animal life.

    But when you consider the ACTIONS taken by Stallworth- foolishly and recklessly getting behind the wheel of a car, versus the ACTIONS taken by Michael Vick- systematically torturing and murdering animals over a multi-year period, throwing untrained house pets in pit bull rings and laughing and having a great time watching them get ripped apart, and you should be able to see where some people would have more hatred for Vick than Stallworth.

    You see some people, when deciding how they feel about someone, attempt to look into the heart of the person. Stallworth may have a 10 cent head, but his actions after the accident and since have shown that he didn’t do what he did with malice or evil intent in his heart.

    Vick, on the other hand, had enough darkness and evil in his heart to get enjoyment and pleasure watching innocent animals get ripped to pieces while screaming for their lives. Yes, take it from someone who once lived close enough to a neighborhood where dog fighting went on, dogs do scream when they are in pain, and it isn’t a pleasant sound to hear. The idea that someone could enjoy causing and witnessing this is somewhat hard for me and many other to accept.

    All that being said, I believe Mike Vick has a right to earn a living, and you have a right to root for him if you want to.

    But I certainly don’t think I, or the millions who think like me, should be attacked for not being able to root for him due to our feelings about what he’s done.

  27. bleedgreen says: Jan 26, 2011 10:26 AM

    As an Eagles fan, good for him. Also as an Eagles fan, I don’t really want him to be resigned here. I’d rather take our chances with Kolb and have a TRUE rebuilding year. If they can go 8-8 or 9-7 with Kolb next year with the defense they have, then thats a great building block to 10-6 or 11-5 the year after with another 5-7 years after that with Kolb at the helm. And if he blow, he blows, but Michael Vick is not going to get any better. He’s hit his ceiling if you ask me. Teams are already game planning him and it shows.

  28. ErikW65 says: Jan 26, 2011 10:26 AM

    Good for him. Vick paid his dues and we’re moving on. Except for the sanctimonious hypocrites, that is.

    “According to contemporary reports, dog meat is consumed in a variety of countries such as China, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Korea.[3][4][5][6]”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog_meat#cite_note-Wingfield-Hayes-2

    I’m sure all the people who are so angry and unable to forgive Vick are also vegetarians who boycott products made in China and Korea, right? Doubt it.

  29. laxer37 says: Jan 26, 2011 10:36 AM

    Ray Lewis was involded in a double murder and Old Spice pays him to fly around on a laser-beam shooting bird on TV.

    Guess they’re targeting the all-important “I took part in a murder, lied about it, and then ratted out my friends” crowd.

  30. podster30 says: Jan 26, 2011 10:40 AM

    Hahah i love people that think Mike Vick is the worst human being in the world. Nobody is denying that his acts against dogs were egregious and terrible. But he did his time and we live in a society where people are considered to be rehabilitated if they serve the time that they are given. Brett Myers beat his wife, who is actually a human being, and he doesnt get a fraction of the grief vick does. Its because he is the most electrifying player at the most important position in sports. There are players in the NFL who have MURDERED people. He is genuinely sorry for his actions and is a prime example of a changed man. Isn’t that the secondary purpose of prison, rehabilitation, and the primary being punishment?

  31. thelonious says: Jan 26, 2011 10:42 AM

    President Obama reached out the Bill Ayers in the past. Since trying to blow up the Pentagon is a lot worse than mistreating dogs (for most people, anyway), I wouldn’t use that “reach out” as a ringing endorsement.

  32. fallensceagle says: Jan 26, 2011 10:44 AM

    Man the stupid comments you all are posting is sickening. I wonder how many of you are Ravens fans and Cheer on a TWO time ARRESTED accessory to murder, Or Browns fans for signin back on a Drunken Murderer, (i mean, call it what you want, But he took a mans life right??) Or Steelers fans, WHICH WE ALL KNOW he May not have truly Raped someone, MAYBE! BUT we do know he was most likely sexually assaulting a women or two. Vick was a Dog murdering bastard, but its DONE, Move on, Learn what GODs Grace REALLY means, Please, If you attend church and claim your self a saved Christian, STOP GOING your lying to yourself.

  33. joepescisballs says: Jan 26, 2011 10:45 AM

    “i want to know why that same hatred isn’t geared towards guys like Dante Stallworth and Leonard Little who got off alot easier for (in my opinion) more severe crimes.”

    Because those crimes — while heinous — were a one time deal. Vick tortured dogs for years. He knew it was wrong, he didn’t care. He’s a sociopathic scum bag, and whatever company uses his services will never see one dollar of mine.

  34. richm2256 says: Jan 26, 2011 10:47 AM

    rbrow018 says:
    i want to know why that same hatred isn’t geared towards guys like Dante Stallworth and Leonard Little who got off alot easier for (in my opinion) more severe crimes.
    ——————————————————–
    Who says it ISN’T????

    Cannot for the life of me understand why Vick supporters have a problem with people who dislike this piece of crap. He killed dogs, he tortured dogs, he lied to everyone he spoke to about that and his gambling operation,not to mention he knowingly went around infecting women with herpes.

    You can like him if you want, but don’t be surprised that society as a whole doesn’t agree with your views of him.

  35. oldschoolfootball says: Jan 26, 2011 10:48 AM

    Good for you Ron Mexico.

  36. Davo says: Jan 26, 2011 10:52 AM

    OK, look, paid his debt to society, reformed, etc all good.

    President Obama did NOT reach out to Michael Vick – he called the owner of the Eagles to discuss his implementation of solar panels to partially power the stadium, and *happened* to mention the Vick situation in passing.

    I think it’s great that a former criminal and prisoner can find redemption, and start contributing in the to the cost of his incarceration (i.e., pay his taxes), but lets stop making it sound like the guys all buddy-buddy with the President of the United States of America, already!

  37. rbecks9 says: Jan 26, 2011 10:52 AM

    Ooooh obama called him. So what.

  38. oldbyrd says: Jan 26, 2011 10:53 AM

    This dirt bag as you refer to him as, is a pretty tough guy. What he did was horrific, I agree. Being an animal lover who feeds any animal that is in need I say……He deserves another chance…..So why don’t we move on and wait and see how Mr. Vick conducts himself going forward. Right now he is one of the hottest commodities in all football. I assure you Daniel Snyder is willing to give him another chance. Include Jesus in their too!!!

  39. spizzy123 says: Jan 26, 2011 10:57 AM

    The funny thing to me is that if Vick somehow got us that elusive first SuperBowl ring….all the people hating Vick would be the first ones to dickride.

  40. pervyharvin says: Jan 26, 2011 11:11 AM

    Did Tony Dungy get him the gig?

  41. norcaleagles says: Jan 26, 2011 11:13 AM

    RICHM2256, What makes you think that society as a whole dislikes Vick? OK, lets start out with the whole court system. They’ve obviously forgiven him. Obama has forgiven him. Im sure Jesus Christ has forgiven him. I have forgiven him. Maybe its all of you haters that are in the minority here.Vick has sold a lot of jerseys, many, many people voted him to the Pro-Bowl, and the Eagles were one of the most watched teams this season. Apparently there ARE many people who like Vick. You must have a pretty pathetic life if you cant get over one mans faults who you have never even met.

  42. luvthatdirtywata says: Jan 26, 2011 11:14 AM

    Good for Vick. America is the land of Redemption.

  43. dogluverssuck says: Jan 26, 2011 11:25 AM

    A survey was taken on the following question:

    If you had to choose, would you dump your significant other (The Human) or your pet?

    Not surprisingly, the majority of those polled said they would dump their significant other :)

    You dog lovers are some SICK Puppies!

    Which makes me wonder, who is really sick – Vick for supposedly fighting dogs or…..

    Dog lovers for “Banging” their dogs :)

  44. karlpilkington says: Jan 26, 2011 11:33 AM

    For all of you people out there demanding that “we” back off now that he has got an endorsement deal makes absolutely no sense. If I decide to bask Vick until the day I die….. I CAN !

  45. animalkindness says: Jan 26, 2011 11:43 AM

    Oh come on now guys, Vick needs the extra bucks, from his own mouth he can get a dog in 2012. What a dumb ass, he is his own worst enemy.

  46. broncsfan says: Jan 26, 2011 11:59 AM

    Was Vick really once the most marketable person in the NFL? Not trying to be snarky, but I just don’t remember that. By the time Vick started his first game with the Falcons, Brady was just coming off his first SB win, Manning was was starting to pile up endorsements like candy, and Favre was running around tractors in his Wrangler jeans.

  47. tjinphilly says: Jan 26, 2011 12:30 PM

    I come here for insightful sports related commentary and I get nothing but haters, racists,comedians and people who must actually think that they are qualified to pass judgement. If some of you morons were to actually state some of these thoughts in a one on one conversation most people would wonder why the hell they are having a conversation with you..I dont claim to understand, agree with or condone what Mike did, but I have no authority to forgive or pass further guilt on him. He did what he did. Move on. Its better to keep your mouth shut and let people think you’re stupid rather than speak and remove any doubt..To paraphrase Dennis Green..”He is who we thought he was..and we let him off the hook” Now is that so bad?

  48. djrando7 says: Jan 26, 2011 12:31 PM

    On a scale from one to ten, Vick is just dumb. There is NO way he has any remourse for what he did. The only thing that he is sorry for, is getting caught. He has always been an a hole, and always will be. He thinks he is the best thing since sliced bread. I personally watched him snub some 10 year old kid in the Atlanta airport for his autograph. The kid was wearing his #7 Falcons Jersey, and Vick straight up told him “no, my autograph is worth way to much money.”

    Now that is a stand out guys.

  49. steelcurtain404 says: Jan 26, 2011 12:32 PM

    “We’re real excited about it,” CEO Rob Vito said. “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.”

    Good people?? What kind of ghetto ass company is this? Lol
    I am glad Vick is getting a 2nd chance though.

  50. jroedl says: Jan 26, 2011 12:34 PM

    Maybe he could get an endorsement deal for vices vapor rub.

  51. bigbear12 says: Jan 26, 2011 12:42 PM

    Not very great of an endorsement if no one has previously heard of the company before. Just another PR stunt by a desperate company trying to spread their name.
    Imagine they couldn’t afford any real star so they took Vick at a nice “star name” discount price.

  52. philyeagles5 says: Jan 26, 2011 12:44 PM

    As an Eagles fan for 40 years, I’m praying there’s a lockout – since if there isn’t, Daniel Snyder will have outbid Tightwad Lurie for Vick’s services by 12:05 AM on March 4.

    even if there is no lockout, Vick is going to get tagged if they dont come to a deal.

  53. JimmySmith says: Jan 26, 2011 12:47 PM

    all this talk of Obama, didn’t he pick the Bears last weekend, in hopes of attending a Superbowl?

    the answer is yes, and he is as big of a loser as Vick except Vick isn’t trying to control 1/6th of the economy via government takeover of health care.

  54. shadowgm1 says: Jan 26, 2011 12:47 PM

    Good for him.

    I’m still waiting for the announcement of his multi-year, multi-million dollar agreement as spokesman for Innotek Dog Shock Collars.

    Hey, everyone’s forgiven him…

  55. heyooooh says: Jan 26, 2011 12:54 PM

    At least Vick didn’t sign up for the cameo appearance in the upcoming sequel to Slumdog Millionaire!

  56. cowboysforever says: Jan 26, 2011 12:54 PM

    All you righteous clowns that wish hatred on Vick need the same things wished on you. Who made you perfect and impossible of making mistakes. There are people out there killing other human beings and the social media wants to forgive these people and say they deserve another chance. All you dumb motherf*ckers need to just keep your stupid mouth shut and quit hating on this man. He learned a lesson like we all have at one point or more in the past and sit back and enjoy the most exciting NFL player in the league! Period!

  57. abninf says: Jan 26, 2011 1:06 PM

    moochzilla says:
    Jan 26, 2011 9:47 AM
    When did President Obama reach out to him?

    He mentioned it in passing while on a phone call with Jeff Lurie to discuss the Eagles becoming a green facility.

    They act like he named him Secretary of State.
    ———————————————–
    Actually, the green facility deal was the issue mentioned in passing. Vick was the main topic after his performance against Washington.

  58. joetoronto says: Jan 26, 2011 1:11 PM

    Great post, oranjellojones.

  59. joetoronto says: Jan 26, 2011 1:13 PM

    Jay says: Jan 26, 2011 10:06 AM

    “The story notes Vick did a car dealership commercial in New Jersey in December, but that was reportedly just for the use of a car.”

    lol, what a loser.
    ————————————–
    A loser who’s driving a brand new, shiny Armada worth upwards of $50k and doesn’t have to share a dime of its value with his creditors.

    Yep, Vick still owes millions and has to give a sizable portion of any money he makes to the creditors.

    Loser indeed.
    *******************************************************
    That’s right, Jay, he’s a loser.

    If you don’t think he’s a loser , then you’re a loser too.

  60. realitypolice says: Jan 26, 2011 2:37 PM

    joetoronto says:
    Jan 26, 2011 1:13 PM
    Jay says: Jan 26, 2011 10:06 AM

    A loser who’s driving a brand new, shiny Armada worth upwards of $50k and doesn’t have to share a dime of its value with his creditors.

    Yep, Vick still owes millions and has to give a sizable portion of any money he makes to the creditors.

    Loser indeed.
    ======================

    That’s why he’s a loser. Such a new, changed, redeemed man, still trying to find ways to screw the people he owes money to.

  61. tjinphilly says: Jan 26, 2011 2:49 PM

    Hey….shouldnt most of you guys be paying attention to your teachers and not post in class???

    Oh sheeeee-it…you’re ADULTS????

    Nah…aint buyin it..sorry..

    No adults would act this childish…

    I’m waiting for an..”I know you are but what am I”

  62. animalkindness says: Jan 26, 2011 3:10 PM

    Hey tjinphilly: sounds like maybe you should finish school or go back to it.

  63. rcali says: Jan 26, 2011 9:42 PM

    Michael is good people CEO Rob Vito? Really? You got the microphone and that’s what you came up with?

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