Fox Sports is bringing aboard an NFL standout who has polarized fans for years and whose career was put on hold while he spent 21 months in federal prison. Former Pro Bowl quarterback Michael Vick will begin his new job as a studio analyst on “Fox NFL Kickoff” in September, USA Today reports.
Vick, who started his NFL career with the Atlanta Falcons in 2001, saw that career come to a temporary halt in 2007 over his conviction on federal dogfighting charges. Following his release from prison in 2009, he returned to the NFL, spending much of the rest of his career with the Philadelphia Eagles.
While Vick has since become an advocate for animal rights, including lobbying for the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act, he has remained a controversial figure, often being targeted by protesters.
Fox Sports is expected to formally announce Vick’s hiring on Sunday. In addition to his work on “Fox NFL Sunday,” Vick is expected to make regular appearances on FS1’s studio programs.
In an interview today with USA Today Sports, Vick said: “I’m very excited. Over the last seven or eight months, I’ve done a lot of interviews, and I think I’ve gotten better as I’ve been put in those situations more often. Things really came together (with Fox) over the last couple months. They have shows that I have always watched and admired. My friends and family are thankful and proud of me.”