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Posted March 20, 2011 by DJ Enuff in Sports
 
 

Vick shows love to the locked-up

With the NFL in limbo, Vick decided to turn his attentions positive, paying it forward to the Penn. Eagles QB Michael Vick served 23 months just before his prolific comeback in 2010. He has earned both respect and admiration from coach Dungy. Vick and coach Dungy visited a Correctional facility together. Here is the details of their visit to the Penn, courtesy msn.com, foxsports

Abe Brown Ministries in a visit to a Tampa-area prison Saturday. Vick shared his own experiences with them as well as the lessons he learned from his incarceration.

Vick spoke to a group of about 1,000 current and soon-to-be-released inmates at Avon Park (Fla.) Correctional Institution. He said it was his first visit to a prison outside of his own stay in federal prison in Leavenworth, Kan.

”It was very humbling and at the same time, a bit overwhelming. You really didn’t know what to expect,” Vick said. ”Hopefully I can be an example to somebody. The thing that I was trying to get across is that we all can be instruments of change. That’s something that I’ve been proactive about since I stepped out of prison and I’m enjoying every minute of it.”

Abe Brown Ministries, named after late former high school football coach, school administrator and pastor Abraham Brown, has been involved with prison outreach since its founding in 1976. Dungy was introduced to it in 1996 while still coaching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and developed a relationship with Brown.

After Brown died last year, Dungy continued to support the nonprofit group and vowed to continue to help it continue its work. Dungy and Vick also were planning to attend a celebration Saturday night for what would have been Brown’s 84th birthday.

”I told Michael when we met in Leavenworth is that he’d be able to do some things, say some things and reach some people that no one else can,” Dungy said. ”Other people can go in and say ‘Here is what you should do.’ ”It may be coming from somebody who they really respect, but not somebody who really knows what they’ve been through.”

(excerpt, quotes from full article courtesy msn.com, foxsports)

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