(BEAVERTON, Ore.) -- Nike has signed NFL star Michael Vick to a new endorsement deal after dropping the quarterback in 2007 amid a then-growing controversy surrounding his involvement in an illegal dog fighting operation.
“Michael acknowledges his past mistakes. We do not condone those actions, but we support the positive changes he has made to better himself off the field,” Nike said Friday in a statement provided to ABC News.
After being convicted for his role in the dog fighting operation in 2007 and serving 18 months in federal prison, Vick didn't think he'd suit up in a professional uniform again.
"At the time, it was over," Vick told ABC News' Bob Woodruff. "I think I'm a better player now because God took me to the bottom. I'm a firm believer in karma and I think it happened because of what I did, and what I allowed to happen to those animals."
Vick has since rejoined the NFL as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles and teamed with The Humane Society to promote the ethical treatment of animals.
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