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A group of Milwaukeeans pledged $10 for every time the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback and convicted dogfighter Michael Vick was sacked this season.

Friends use Vick comeback to help animals


I wanted to give some props to Nick Sanborn, Brent Gohde, and Dan Didier for following through on a pledge they made to start the NFL season.

Long before Mike Vick made the astonishing comeback that he has after replacing Kevin Kolb as the Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback, Sanborn, Didier and Gohde promised to donate $10 to the Wisconsin Humane Society for every time Vick was sacked. They called their pledge the "The Vick Payback".

Didier announced his regular season donation total on Twitter Monday writing: "Michael Vick sacked 34 times in the regular season which means I'm donating $340 to WI Humane Society."

For those unfamiliar with the story, Vick was accused in 2007 for financing a dogfighting operating in Virginia and personally participating in dogfights and executing dogs. He pled guilty to some of the charges, admitted to hanging or drowning several dogs, and was sentenced to almost two years in federal prison.

I am a big believer in forgiveness and redemption, and I think it's great that Vick is getting a second chance on the football field where his performance has been undeniably impressive. But although Vick has denounced his actions again and again in the press I think he could do a lot more with his renewed celebrity to help animal rights causes. And while I hold out hope that he does one day, it's nice to see some Milwaukee folks are are using the whole thing to draw attention to a good cause in the meantime.

Contact the Wisconsin Humane Society if you want to join in the Vick Payback and make a donation. And let's hope the Packers join in the payback when they meet in the playoffs.


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RetrieverLvr | Aug. 11, 2011 at 11:51 a.m. (report)

Michael Vick NEVER DID one minute of time for what he did to the dogs. He pleaded to conspiracy, not animal torture or abuse. He would have done over 60 years had he been correctly convicted. There is no excuse for what he did. No second chance. He gave NO SECOND CHANCES to the animals he tortured. He used family pets to train the fighting dogs. He drowned the dogs in a pool with them clawing the sides trying to save themselves. He electrocuted and shot them. He threw the little Red Dog to the floor over and over again until she was dead. I cannot imagine a parent who would consider Michael Vick a hero for their children. Most sociopathic murderers started with animals. Think of Manson, Dahmer... should they get a second chance? The only difference is that Vick has people who handle him and try to keep him on the straight and narrow because he is worth so much money to the team and other people. I bet if he had an injury and couldn't play, you would see a different and more dangerous man. He would be on his own. No second chances. He deserves to be in jail finishing the term he snuck away from.

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kisluvkis | Jan. 14, 2011 at 12:18 a.m. (report)

Scratch & bite marks on the swimming pool liner, where the dogs frantically clawed trying tonstay above water. Slowly drowning. In total scraching clawing futile panic. As he stood and watched. Not forgiven.

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sandstorm | Jan. 7, 2011 at 7:34 a.m. (report)

"To torture and murder innocent animals is UNFORGIVEABLE!" this from someone talking about the joys of eating "calf brain casserole" in another article! classic!

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kinnickinnic | Jan. 5, 2011 at 3:53 a.m. (report)

In this case, you don't have to feel a twinge of guilt for hoping the opponents quarterback is severely injured. He truly deserves it. To torture and murder innocent animals is UNFORGIVEABLE! I don't care what he does to try to fool us. He is EVIL! There is a special place in hell for him!

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littletinyfish | Jan. 4, 2011 at 4:05 p.m. (report)

Since Vick has made a comeback and has been working on making the world better for animals it would make more sense to support his current actions, rather than continuing to drag him through the mud for what he did in the past. I hate what he did, but you can't berate him for it forever. Shorty Rossi (of the admittedly lame TLC show, Pit Boss) had a similar turn around story, but we don't donate $10 every time somebody makes a midget joke. But unless Vick plays for The Packers, I guess it would be bad karma to donate every time Vick helped the Eagles score a touchdown, eh?

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