Playing in the penal leagues

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Michael Vick, the disgraced former quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons, isn’t playing football inside the pen, despite some media reports to the contrary.

Vick is serving a 23-month sentence at the minimum security Leavenworth Prison Camp, where the football season doesn’t start until this fall. Until then, he’s limited to pickup games.

If Vick opts to play, according to the Wall Street Journal, he’ll join a handful of former professional jocks who took up organized sports from inside the prisons that held them, including Denny McLain (former Cy Young Award Winner), Lee Hughes (English soccer star) and James Scott (boxer).

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