NEW YORK (AP) - Michael Vick says he's grateful to NFL
Commissioner Roger Goodell for giving him a chance to play again.
Goodell today announced that he's conditionally reinstating the
former Atlanta Falcons quarterback, who was suspended after Vick
admitted bankrolling a dogfighting operation on his property in
Virginia. The crime resulted in a federal sentence of nearly two
years for Vick.
In a statement, Vick says he's had a chance to "mature as an
individual" during that time, and to "understand the terrible
mistakes" he's made.
Under the terms of his reinstatement, he can take part in
pre-season practices as soon as he finds a team that wants to sign
him. A number of teams have already said they don't want him.
Once the season begins, Vick can take part in all team
activities except games. The commissioner says he'll consider Vick
for full reinstatement by mid-October, at the latest.
In a letter to Vick, Goodell says he accepts that Vick is
sincere about wanting to turn his life around and be a "positive
role model for others." He says it's entirely up to Vick whether
he succeeds at that.