Vick stays buff in prison

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Michael Vick plays for both sides. In prison.

The beefy ex-Atlanta Falcon is not only staying buff in the federal pen in Leavenworth, Kan., while he serves out his 23-month sentence for dog fighting, but he’s playing flag football with fellow inmates. Vick’s no doubt the first one picked in the prison yard.

After the kick off, Vick plays quarterback for both sides, according to Falcons owner Arthur Blank, who dished to the New York Daily News about the contents of letters he’s exchanged with Vick as well as tidbits picked up by a high-ranking team official who visits Vick at the minimum security satellite prison camp.

Blank told the Daily News that Vick writes that he is washing pots and pans for 12 cents an hour. He was sentenced to 23 months in December after pleading guilty to federal dog fighting charges.

And in a scene straight out of the Longest Yard, Blank says Vick is playing football at Leavenworth. That’s one way to pass his time and keep his arm loose. He’s likely the first player picked when the inmates are choosing up sides or the guards are choosing up sides for them. Vick’s sprinter speed surely comes in handy just in case a dog-loving inmate thinks it’s cool to sack an NFL quarterback and break his shoulder.

“He is staying in shape,” Blank told The News. “Apparently, there was a prison football team and he played quarterback for both sides.”

Vick could be out of prison as early as next summer, just in time for the NFL’s training camp. What’s disturbing is that Blank has yet to reject the potential of Vick returning to the Falcons. He didn’t do it when the scandal broke last year and he wouldn’t do it during the Daily News interview or in a recent interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

I would not say yes. I would not say no. At this point, Michael is in a federal penitentiary [on a dog fighting conviction] and is suspended from football. We have to move forward. We are moving forward. We have to assume he’s not coming back. I do wish him well. I’d love to see him play again. It would be good for the NFL.

I’m all for someone paying their debt, serving their time and moving on. But the Falcons, led by Blank, should make it clear that Vick’s immeasurable talent and athletic ability won’t overshadow his heinous crimes and ability to lie to everyone about it, his former boss included, and he won’t be rewarded with a roster spot.

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