Michael Vick signs first endorsement deal

michael_vick.gi.top.jpgThe Philadelphia Eagles star quarterback has sealed his first endorsement deal, with an outfit called Unequal Technologies, since pleading guilty to dog fighting charges. By Jesse Solomon


NEW YORK (CNN) -- Star NFL quarterback Michael Vick signed his first paid endorsement deal Wednesday since pleading guilty to dog fighting charges.

Vick, the Philadelphia Eagles' star, sealed a two-year deal to endorse Unequal Technologies, a sports gear company that manufactures protective, shock absorbing padding for athletes.

Unequal would not comment on what the deal was worth, and Michael Vicks representatives weren't immediately available for comment.

"I'm thrilled to be a part of the Unequal team," Vick said in a press release announcing the agreement.

Vick began wearing Unequal apparel after suffering a rib injury against the Washington Redskins early in the 2010-2011 season, the release said.

Unequal President Rob Vito said the company was proud to have Vick on board and addressed the 2007 dog fighting conviction that sent Vick to federal prison got him booted out of the league. "As a dog owner, I know the love of a pet...But as a Christian, I believe that people can repent and deserve a second chance."

Vick, 30, made his NFL comeback in 2009 after spending 21 months of his 23-month sentence in Leavenworth, Kan., federal prison. He served the last two months confined to his home in Virginia.

The case brought widespread attention to the illegal practice of dogfighting. It also cost Vick all his endorsements, including one from Nike worth $2 million a year.

Vick, who at the time had a 10-year $130 million contract with the the Atlanta Falcons, was one of pro football's top paid players prior to his conviction. He's since apologized for his actions.

"Everything that happened at that point in my life was wrong," Vick said of his involvement with the dog fighting ring in August 2009. "I want to be an ambassador to the NFL and the community," he said. To top of page

Just the hot list include
Frontline troops push for solar energy
The U.S. Marines are testing renewable energy technologies like solar to reduce costs and casualties associated with fossil fuels. Play
25 Best Places to find rich singles
Looking for Mr. or Ms. Moneybags? Hunt down the perfect mate in these wealthy cities, which are brimming with unattached professionals. More
Fun festivals: Twins to mustard to pirates!
You'll see double in Twinsburg, Ohio, and Ketchup lovers should beware in Middleton, WI. Here's some of the best and strangest town festivals. Play
Index Last Change % Change
Dow 24,580.89 119.19 0.49%
Nasdaq 7,692.82 -20.14 -0.26%
S&P 500 2,754.88 5.12 0.19%
Treasuries 2.90 0.00 0.10%
Data as of 1:51pm ET
Company Price Change % Change
Comcast Corp 33.81 1.02 3.11%
Bank of America Corp... 28.99 -0.30 -1.02%
General Electric Co 13.05 0.29 2.27%
AT&T Inc 31.69 0.09 0.28%
Micron Technology In... 57.10 -2.34 -3.94%
Data as of Jun 22
Sponsors

Sections

One of the world's leading smartphone makers is aiming for the biggest stock market listing in nearly two years. More

If Trump puts tariffs on European cars, it would hurt automakers who build a lot of cars in the United States. More

Russian trolls posing as an American college student tweeted about divisive social, political and cultural issues using an account that amassed thousands of followers -- and appeared in dozens of news stories published by major media outlets -- as recently as March. More