By Bryan Mongeau-Eastmond, staff writer
NEW YORK (RPRN) 7/28/2009- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell reinstated Michael Vick after the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback was released from federal custody. Now that Vick has the green light, all he needs are for teams to show the slightest bit of interest in signing him.
Once the season begins, Vick can participate in all team activities except games, and Goodell said he would consider the troubled quarterback for full reinstatement by Week 6 of the NFL season (Oct. 18-19) at the latest.
He can immediately take snaps in preseason practices, workouts and meetings, and is eligible to take part in the final two preseason games. The owners of the Jets and Giants have no interest in signing the disgraced quarterback and reactions about Vickâ€™s return are mixed.
Former Colts coach Tony Dungy never shied away from the fact that he believed that Goodell should reinstate Vick.
In order for the 29-year-old quarterback to succeed, Goodell insisted that Vick have a mentor to help with his journey back to the NFL. â€œI am prepared to offer you the opportunity,” said the commissioner. â€œWhether you succeed is entirely in your hands.â€
Under conditions of this reinstatement Dungy isn’t sure where Vick will end up. â€œMy sense is that there’s not going to be that many opportunities,â€ Dungy said. â€œNot all that many teams need quarterbacks.â€
Dungy, who left coaching to help rehabilitate young men around the league, said he would cater to Vickâ€™s needs.
Vick served 23 months on a dog fighting conviction, missed 32 games already and loss a ton of money.
â€œPlaying football in the NFL is a privilege, not a right, and I am truly thankful for the opportunity,â€ said Vick.
Photo credit: Mike Vick jumping over defenders courtesy of the National Football League.
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