Quarterback Michael Vick, who led the Philadelphia Eagles to the playoffs last season after serving 19 months in prison for running a dogfighting ring, was welcomed back in to the Nike family. As CNN initially reported, a Nike spokesperson said in an email, “We have re-signed Michael Vick as a Nike athlete. Michael acknowledges his past mistakes. We do not condone those actions, but we support the positive changes he has made to better himself off the field.”
In 2007, Nike had dumped Vick and his million-dollar endorsement contract after reports of his illegal behavior surfaced. Vick’s new agreement is a one-year deal that calls for him to wear Nike cleats.