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Michael Vick brings Redemption Tour to Florida A&M University

Posted at 7:00 PM, Feb 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-25 05:58:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Award winning NFL player Michael Vick was on the campus of Florida A&M University Monday.

Vick shared his journey with a house full of listening ears.

People of all ages attended the forum asking the NFL Superstar questions about how to navigate difficult times.

Vick was sentenced to 23 months in prison for "cruel and inhumane" dog fighting in 2007.

Now he says he wants students to know the importance of making the right decisions.

So he began his "Redemption Tour." He reached out to FAMU for the opportunity to speak and they agreed.

Many were in attendance were major fans of the football legend and had been watching him since they were young.

Vick says he wants his life to be an example of how one wrong decision can change the course of someone's life.

"I've been watching him since I was a little kid. Growing up I always loved football, I loved watching him play, loved watching his game. And I know his story pretty good," said John Howard, FAMU student.

"Those are the best experiences that you can learn from that can be the best teachers in life. When you know you did wrong you know it could've been corrected and now you have a chance to explain to other people how you can do it right the first time around and not have to take that wrong," said Vick.

Vick will be taking his message to more college campuses in the months ahead.

Award winning NFL player Michael Vick was on the campus of Florida A&M University Monday.

He's a special guest at his own request.

Vick reached out to Florida A&M with a desire to speak with students. It’s apart of his redemption tour, and the goal is to help students stay on the right path.

The timing seemed to work well with FAMU’s Student Government Association.

The visit will be part of the Student Leadership series. The purpose is to help further educate students on life after FAMU.

Student Government leaders say this is a perfect opportunity for students to learn.

Interim Vice President of Student Affairs and SGA member, Bryan Smith said the group doesn't condone anything Vick did in his past.

Instead, they're looking at how he turned his around.

"Our students want to hear his message on redemption," said Smith. "I believe they are curious to hear about his time in the NFL, his life his history, and what got him to this point. The ups and the downs. "

The forum is set to start at 6 p,m. Monday in the Grand Ballroom on campus.