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Remove Michael Vick From 2024 College Hall Of Fame Nominees

Published: June 15, 2023 at 02:44 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 for 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 January. 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.

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Original 2020 petition, including dogfighting facts

Remove Michael Vick From 2024 College Hall Of Fame Nominees

32,998 signatures = 110% of goal


32,998 WELLS RANDI He should be in prison. Oct 03, 2023
32,996 Patsy Brosz ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!? This sorry sicko is guilty until he does! Who nominates this felon!? Off with his head! Oct 02, 2023
32,995 Louise Grover Oct 02, 2023
32,994 Carisa LaHue Oct 02, 2023
32,993 Audra Bennett Oct 02, 2023
32,992Anonymous Oct 02, 2023
32,991 Sheree Fogle Michael Vick certainly doesn’t deserve to be “honored”, for obvious reasons. He is a disgrace! You can be a “great” football player, and a unforgivable person. Sure he did his “time”, but he should not be rewarded with his awful behavior! Oct 02, 2023
32,990 Rebecca Breggar He is not a good person Oct 02, 2023
32,989Anonymous He does Not deserve to get Any award!!! Oct 02, 2023
32,988 Jennifer Thomas A person‘s entire character should be considered, not just their achievements on the field. Awarding Michael Vick after the way, he treated animals is no different than awarding someone who abused a human. Have some standards. Oct 02, 2023
32,987Anonymous Oct 02, 2023
32,986 Andrea Brandman That bastard doesn t deserve a seconx thought. Oct 01, 2023
32,985 Amy Weinstein What Michael Vick did was horrific torture and abuse that is incredibly cruel and he is not someone who is qualified for the honor of being in the Hall of Fame. Oct 01, 2023
32,984 Eleanor Kohen The worse type of person. Oct 01, 2023
32,983 Bryna Salus What a disgusting man! How do people look up to & want to honor such a poor excuse as a human! Oct 01, 2023
32,982 Barbara Lauderdale Dont understand how he’s allowed to play football Oct 01, 2023
32,981 Gustavo Zam Oct 01, 2023
32,980 Heathrr Gibson What are we teaching our children? Oct 01, 2023
32,979 Liza Grijalba Oct 01, 2023
32,978 Elizabeth Walter Oct 01, 2023
32,977Anonymous Sep 30, 2023
32,976 Elaine Rivera What Michael Bick participated in is horrific! Sep 30, 2023
32,975 Sheila Kravitz Sep 30, 2023
32,974Anonymous Sep 30, 2023
32,973 Judy Fuentes Sep 30, 2023
32,972 Heather Kuhl Sep 30, 2023
32,971 Maria Garay Sep 30, 2023
32,970Anonymous Sep 30, 2023
32,969Anonymous Disgusting!! It was difficult to read!! Sep 30, 2023