Michael Vick, once one of the NFL's top celebrity endorsers, has made his area TV commercial debut with a spot for Woodbury Nissan. The premise of the commercial is that Vick has "signed'' with the dealership and is working there, throwing keys to a salesman so hard he hurts the guy's hand, etc.
There has been a lot of speculation about where Vick stands as a pitchman, in the wake of his prison stint for running a dogfighting ring.
"I did pretty good. I did pretty good. That's not my MO, that's not what I do, but I can do it if I want to,'' the Eagles quarterback told reporters at his locker yesterday. "You can do anything you put your mind to.''
Meanwhile, Vick, banned from dog ownership for the 3 years of his supervised release from prison, said in an interview on NBC News' TheGrio.com that he would someday like to be a dog owner again.
"I think it would be a big step for me in the rehabilitation process . . . Just to have a pet in my household and to show people that I genuinely care, and my love, and my passion for animals,'' he said.
In other Vick news, he remains the NFL leader in online fan voting for the Pro Bowl with 981,687 votes. Tom Brady has passed Peyton Manning for second overall and trails Vick by 34,493. David Akers continues to lead among kickers.
Voting continues through Monday and the rosters will be announced Dec. 28. *
- Les Bowen