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Dungy Supports Vick's Return

Perhaps the person most responsible for Michael Vick's return to the NFL is former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy, his personal mentor who joined Eagles' head coach Andy Reid on stage for Friday's press conference.

A well-known Christian, Dungy spent countless hours over the last year speaking with Vick during his incarceration at the federal penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kan. The two discussed Vick's past and more importantly, what the future held for the former NFL first-round draft pick.

"I really got the sense that he wanted to do some great things," Dungy said. "He wanted to be a positive role model for young people. He wanted to get back to his family."

Dungy maintains that Vick is not the same person who organized and participated in a dog-fighting operation, and that he is deserving of a second chance.

Vick has that chance in Philadelphia in what Dungy termed "a symbol of some great leadership and Christian forgiveness."

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-- Posted by Bob Kent, 3:40 p.m., August 14

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