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Michael Vick wants a dog as a pet

December 15, 2010 |  1:45 pm

Vick_400 Michael Vick is making the most of his second chance as an NFL quarterback. Now he wants a second chance as a dog owner.

The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, who spent time in prison for dogfighting, said in an interview with NBC News and that he wants to have a dog as a pet.

"I would love to get another dog in the future. I think it would be a big step for me in the rehabilitation process," Vick said.

"I think just to have a pet in my household and to show people that I genuinely care, and my love and my passion for animals; I think it would be outstanding. If I ever have the opportunity again I will never take it for granted. I miss having a dog right now. I wish I could. My daughters miss having one, and that’s the hardest thing: telling them that we can’t have one because of my actions."

Vick has already rehabilitated his image enough to lead the league in fan voting for the Pro Bowl as of Wednesday. He has 17 touchdowns and four interceptions for the Eagles, who are tied with the New York Giants at the top of the NFC East standings. The two teams face off Sunday at the Meadowlands.

"This entire situation has changed my life dramatically. Better player, better person," Vick said in the interview. "More patience, more persistence, and the willingness to, like I said earlier, set high goals and high standards not only on the football field but in life.

"And in so many ways I thank God for changing my life and keeping me healthy and putting me on the path to where I can redeem myself and make a great comeback."

The entire interview will air Wednesday on

-- Chuck Schilken

Photo: Michael Vick. Credit: Matthew Emmons / US Presswire