The Pittsburgh Steelers signed a 35-year-old backup quarterback Tuesday who likely won’t see much playing time unless their starter goes down.
And that has made a lot of people very angry.
A petition has started on Change.org to protest Michael Vick signing with the Steelers, calling him a “terrible QB” as well as a “convicted felon and a no-talent piece of crap.” As of Thursday morning, the petition had received more than 18,000 signatures.
Vick continues to be haunted by his involvement in a 2007 dogfighting scandal, in which he was sentenced to 23 months in prison for running a dogfighting ring in Virginia. Vick served 21 months and missed the entire 2007 and 2008 seasons as a result.
The four-time Pro Bowler repeatedly has apologized for his actions and did so Wednesday after his new team’s practice.
“After going through what I went through, what transpired, the best thing to do is to try to make amends for what I did,” Vick said, via ESPN. “I can’t take it back. Only thing I can do is try to inform the masses of kids to not go down the same road I went down.”
It appears many haven’t accepted Vick’s apology, though, as a handful of protesters also gathered outside the Steelers’ practice facility Wednesday — which was recognized as National Dog Day — to voice their displeasure over his signing.
The petition and the protesters want Vick off the team, but there’s a good chance he makes Pittsburgh’s 53-man roster. Backup QB Bruce Gradkowski recently was placed on injured reserve with a dislocated finger, leaving just Vick and rookie Landry Jones to back up Roethlisberger.
Thumbnail photo via Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports Images
Thumbnail photo via New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick (1) looks on from the sideline during the second half against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium.
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