Vick signs first endorsement contract since arrest - CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8

Vick signs first endorsement contract since arrest

Posted: Updated:

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Michael Vick is back pitching products.

Vick has signed his first endorsement contract since his release from prison. The Philadelphia Eagles' Pro Bowl quarterback inked a two-year contract with Unequal Technologies, a provider of the football pads Vick wore most of last season.

The deal will be announced on Thursday.

"We're real excited about it," chief executive officer Rob Vito said Tuesday. "Michael is good people. He paid his dues. President Obama reached out to him. He deserves an opportunity. This is what makes America so great. He's moved forward. He's a whole other person."

Vito said Vick is the company's first corporate spokesman. Terms of his deal weren't disclosed. But Vito said it's a "sizable" contract.

"We believe it was worth it," he said, "because of Michael Vick and how he can shed light on the technology of our products."

Unequal Technologies makes several shock-blocking sports pads. When Vick returned after missing three games with a rib injury, he wore a vest designed by Unequal. He later wore shoulder pads and thigh pads made by the company.

"The Unequal technology is a part of my game now and I won't play without my Unequal," Vick says in a to-be-released statement. "Unequal's protective power gives me a whole new level of confidence in my game. It makes me feel invincible."

Vick was once the NFL's highest-paid player and he endorsed many products during his six seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. But Vick lost everything following his 2007 arrest on dogfighting charges, for which he served 18 months in federal prison.

He returned to the NFL in 2009 with the Eagles, and worked his way from a seldom-used third-string quarterback to the key cog on a division-winning team. He will start for the NFC in the Pro Bowl this weekend.

Vick appeared in a television commercial for a car dealership last month. However, he didn't get paid for it. He was compensated by having use of a Nissan sport utility vehicle.

 

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

  • SportsMore>>

  • Ultimate Pigskin Picks

    Ultimate Pigskin Picks

    CBS 8 invite you to play along with other San Diego football fans each week and pick the winners!  See how you do against News 8's Sports Director, Kyle Kraska and win weekly prizes!

     

    CBS 8 invite you to play along with other San Diego football fans each week and pick the winners!  See how you do against News 8's Sports Director, Kyle Kraska and win weekly prizes!

     
  • Cardinals offensive coordinator gone after blowout loss

    Cardinals offensive coordinator gone after blowout loss

    Friday, October 19 2018 12:09 PM EDT2018-10-19 16:09:29 GMT
    Saturday, October 20 2018 2:20 AM EDT2018-10-20 06:20:10 GMT
    Cardinals dismiss offensive coordinator a day after lopsided loss to Denver on national TV. 
    Cardinals dismiss offensive coordinator a day after lopsided loss to Denver on national TV. 
  • Red Sox sail into World Series, set for ace Sale's return

    Red Sox sail into World Series, set for ace Sale's return

    Friday, October 19 2018 4:11 AM EDT2018-10-19 08:11:12 GMT
    Friday, October 19 2018 11:23 PM EDT2018-10-20 03:23:29 GMT
    (AP Photo/David J. Phillip). Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel celebrates with catcher Christian Vazquez winning the baseball American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, in Houston.(AP Photo/David J. Phillip). Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel celebrates with catcher Christian Vazquez winning the baseball American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, in Houston.
    The Boston Red Sox head to the World Series, looking every bit like the team that led the majors with 108 wins this season. 
    The Boston Red Sox head to the World Series, looking every bit like the team that led the majors with 108 wins this season. 
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KFMB-TV. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.