Remove Michael Vick From 2024 College Hall Of Fame Nominees

Published: June 15, 2023 at 06:44 PM Author: PENNY EIMS

In 2020, Michael Vick was selected by the NFL to be one of the Pro Bowl Legend Captains, despite signatures from hundreds of thousands of people who wanted him removed because of his sordid dogfighting past. Now, the former quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons is a nominee for another honorary football designation; induction into the 2024 College Football Hall of Fame.

Criteria for the Football Hall of Fame involves more than being a standout player, it also requires being a good person.

He must have proven himself worthy as a citizen, carrying the ideals of football forward into his relations with his community. Consideration may also be given to academic honors and whether the candidate earned a college degree.

In 2007, Vick pleaded guilty to charges related to his involvement in organized dogfighting, and he spent 21 months in federal prison.

Lest anyone forget, Vick and his associates operated Bad Newz Kennels, where dozens of dogs were bred, fought, and killed over the course of six years. Dogs who did not “perform well” in fights were hung, drowned, or slammed to death on the ground. From the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) case study, “He admitted to knowing about four dogs that his co-conspirators killed in 2002, and he admitted to agreeing to the hanging and drowning of 6-8 dogs who underperformed in 2007.”

A report by a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) investigator provided more details on the killings, describing how dogs were killed “by placing a nylon cord over a 2 X 4 that was nailed to two trees located next to the big shed. They also drowned approximately three dogs by putting the dogs’ heads in a five-gallon bucket of water.” They killed one dog by “slamming it to the ground several times before it died, breaking the dog’s back or neck.”

Do those activities go hand-in-hand with a person who is a “worthy citizen?” The criteria for being honored include, “academic honors and whether the candidate earned a college degree,” but apparently being a convicted criminal is not important.

Time cannot erase the pain and torture that dozens of dogs suffered because of Michael Vick’s dogfighting activities.

Survivors of the Bad Newz dog fighting ring, courtesy of Best Friends

Selection for the 2024 Hall of Fame Class will be made by the National Football Foundation’s Honors Court, with an official announcement scheduled for early 2024. Please add your name to the petition today because Animal Victory wants the selection committee to know how the public really feels about Michael Vick.

We the undersigned demand that Michael Vick be removed as a nominee for the 2024 College Football Hall of Fame. Criteria to be nominated include being a worthy citizen, but Michael Vick is a convicted dog-fighting organizer, not a person who should be placed in a position of honor. We firmly believe that there are plenty of outstanding football players who are ALSO exemplary citizens to be chosen for the Hall of Fame honor.


Other notables removed from Halls of Fame

SI Fan Nation

ALDF Case Study


Original 2020 petition, including dogfighting facts

Update 1.6.2024: Animal Victory sent the petition to members of the football foundation. 

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Remove Michael Vick From 2024 College Hall Of Fame Nominees

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263 Monica B. No way does someone who harms, or encourages harm to animals, especially "man's best friend", deserve to be honored for any reason! Do not reward evil behavior! Children look up to our celebrated athletes. Do NOT let this despicable human be celebrated. All other accomplishments are overshadowed by his cruelty. 0 Jul 11, 2024
262 joanna P. 0 Jul 04, 2024
261 Marybeth J. 0 Jun 19, 2024
260Anonymous 0 Jun 17, 2024
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258 Tammy S. 0 Jun 14, 2024
257 Diana V. 0 Jun 13, 2024
256Anonymous 0 Jun 12, 2024
255 Wendy F. 0 Jun 02, 2024
254 luke A. 0 Jun 01, 2024
253 Mirna C. 0 May 31, 2024
252 Lorrie D. This asshole needs to be in prison, what a disgrace this POS is. Go away Michael PRICK !! 0 May 27, 2024
251 tina r. 0 May 22, 2024
250 Samantha H. 0 May 19, 2024
249 HAROLYN G. May 10, 2024
248 Vicky S. He's a worthless animal abuser with no conscience. He subjected innocent dogs to a horrible existence and death. He's a demon. Is this the kind of person we want our children looking up to?! Heaven help us if these kind of monsters are called heroes. May 08, 2024
247 Jill H. May 05, 2024
246 Crystal T. May 04, 2024
245 Sulema H. Apr 26, 2024
244 Karen C. Apr 26, 2024
243 Slavica V. Apr 22, 2024
242 Rhonda L. Apr 19, 2024
241 Melisa M. Sick!! Apr 18, 2024
240 Astrid T. HITLER BASED FHF!! Apr 17, 2024
239 terry f. Apr 17, 2024
238 Robin A. 😡😡😡😡😡 Apr 16, 2024
237 sarah r. Apr 14, 2024
236 Sarah Anna W. Apr 14, 2024
235 Corine C. Apr 12, 2024
234 Martine C. Apr 12, 2024
233 Rajita C. Apr 11, 2024
232 Kim A. Apr 11, 2024
231 Donna C. Apr 08, 2024
230 edward h. Apr 05, 2024
229 Amy S. Apr 03, 2024
228 Jennifer J. If he wasn’t famous he would be in jail He needs to pay and never own animals Again Apr 02, 2024
227Anonymous ABSOLUTLY REMOVE HIM. Apr 02, 2024
226Anonymous It would be an awful disgrace if Michael Vick received any hall of fame nomination. Sport figures like this are supposed to set good examples especially for kids who idolize them. This is NOT the kind of person who should be honored in any way, shape, or form. Apr 02, 2024
225 Tammie C. Mar 28, 2024
224 Karen L. Mar 28, 2024
223 Wanda A. Mar 27, 2024
222 Paris E. Ruin him! Mar 27, 2024
221 Rob T. Mar 25, 2024
220 Kristi M. Mar 24, 2024
219Anonymous Mar 24, 2024
218 Danielle B. Je signe ces pétitions depuis la Suisse Mar 24, 2024
217 Laura M. This is an absolute disgrace. Anyone who thought it was remotely appropriate to nominate this monster should be forced to read every single detail of the horrors that Vick committed. Then they should have to meet every survivor in person, look them in the eyes, and listen to their individual stories. Mar 24, 2024
216 Rie M. Mar 23, 2024
215Anonymous Mar 23, 2024
214 Rene Z. Mar 23, 2024