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Vick to speak to high school students about dogfighting

By the CNN Wire Staff
Michael Vick was suspended in 2007. He is now the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Michael Vick was suspended in 2007. He is now the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Vick will be joined president and CEO of the Humane Society
  • He will share his story and talk about speaking out against animal cruelty
  • Vick spent almost two years in prison for dogfighting charges

(CNN) -- Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback Michael Vick will join the Humane Society of the United States in speaking about the horrors of dogfighting with students of two high schools in New Haven, Connecticut, on Tuesday.

Vick will be joined by Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society during the talks.

"Vick will share his story with students, and illustrate why they should refrain from dogfighting and speak out against animal cruelty," the animal rights group said in a media statement.

Vick went from a star quarterback with the Atlanta Falcons to a prison inmate after he was arrested for dogfighting.

The NFL indefinitely suspended Vick in August 2007 after he pleaded guilty to a federal charge of bankrolling a dogfighting operation in Virginia.

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Vick left a Kansas prison in May 2009 to serve the last two months of his 23-month sentence in home confinement.

He was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles after finishing his sentence and is now the team's starting quarterback.

In 2009, when Vick was first signed by the Eagles he spoke about how he wanted to change his life

"I think everybody deserves a second chance," Vick said at a news conference then. "Now I want to be part of the solution and not the problem."