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Michael Vick will be honored as honorary Pro Bowl captain despite petition calling for his removal

Former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick stands on the sidelines before the first half of an NFL football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick stands on the sidelines before the first half of an NFL football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)(WCTV)
Published: Dec. 12, 2019 at 2:37 PM EST
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By: CBS 17

December 12, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Michael Vick is going back to the NFL Pro Bowl, this time as one of four NFL Legends Pro Bowl Captains.

A Change.org petition is calling on the NFL to revoke the honor. Over 550,000 people have signed the petition.

Despite the petition, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says Vick “paid a heavy price” and doesn’t anticipate any changes.

The petition cites the cruel and inhumane killing of dogs that led to Vick’s conviction.

“Over the last, what is it, nine years or so, we have supported Michael in his, what I think his recognition of the mistake he made,” said Goodell. “He’s paid a heavy price for that. He’s been accountable for it. He’s worked aggressively with the humane society and other institutions to deal with animal rights and to make sure people don’t make the same mistake he made, and I admire that.”

Other petitions have also surfaced online since the initial one.

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