Former star footballer Michael Vick has been reinstated on a conditional basis by the NFL two years after being arrested and sent to prison for his involvement in a dog fighting ring.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement that the conditional reinstatement will allow Vick to sign, practice and play in the final two preseason games, with former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy to serve as his mentor. Vick’s reinstatement status will then be reviewed by week 6 with a view to Vick returning full time to football.
“I would like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to commissioner Goodell for allowing me to be readmitted to the National Football League,” Vick said. “I fully understand that playing football in the NFL is a privilege, not a right, and I am truly thankful for the opportunity I have been given."
Vick was one of the NFL's best players until he was arrested in 2007. He gained popularity for his performance on the field, landing him massive player contracts and commercial product endorsement deals. Vick led the Falcons to the playoffs twice, including the conference championship game in January 2005.