About 18 months after his release from federal prison on a dogfighting conviction, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick said Wednesday that he wants to own a dog again someday, according to an interview on TheGrio.com.
"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.
The federal judge who sentenced him to 23 months in federal prison also banned Vick from ever owning another dog.
"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, who is enjoying a resurgence this season for the 9-4 Eagles, said the entire experience made him a better player and person.
"This entire situation has changed my life dramatically. Better player, better person. 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."
Vick heads into Sunday's crucial NFC East matchup with the Giants with 17 passing and seven rushing touchdowns this season.