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Goodell Supports Eagles' Decision To Sign Vick

Chairman/CEO Jeffrey Lurie said on Friday that the input he received from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell helped shape the decision to allow the Eagles to sign Pro Bowl quarterback Michael Vick. On Friday, after Vick was introduced formally as an Eagle, Goodell offered a statement supporting the team's decision to give Vick a second chance. Vick was sentenced to 23 months in jail for his role in a dogfighting ring in 2007. Vick has been out of football since the end of the 2006 season.

"I have said several times in recent weeks that I want Michael to be one of the NFL's success stories as an individual and as a football player," Goodell said. "I believe he can accomplish both goals with the Eagles organization which has done an outstanding job in the community and on the field these last 15 years under the direction of owner Jeffrey Lurie. I know the Eagles will provide strong support but, ultimately, Michael's success is up to him and the decisions he makes."

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 1:50 p.m., August 14

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