Former Colts and Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy met with imprisoned Michael Vick today at Leavenworth (Kan.) Federal Prison, the suspended Falcons quarterback’s agent, Joel Segal, confirmed.
“It was a private meeting between coach Dungy and Michael, and it was positive,” Segal said with no further comment.
Though the topics of their discussion weren’t known, it is believed part of the conversation dealt with Vick’s future once he completes his 23-month jail sentence on federal dogfighting charges in July. Vick is expected to serve out the final stages of his sentence under home confinement at his house in Hampton, Va., beginning later this month.
Upon his retirement from the Colts following the 2008 season, Dungy said he planned to further his work with his foundation and charities and to establish ways to improve the lives of those people who have made bad decisions. Vick pleaded guilty to federal dogfighting charges in 2007.
Vick also is under indefinite suspension by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who said he would review the QB’s possible reinstatement once he has completed his sentence. Dungy’s endorsement could be helpful toward Vick’s possible return to the NFL since the former coach is one of the more respected figures in the league.
Vick also is mired in bankruptcy proceedings, having lost much of the wealth he gained from playing football because of his imprisonment.
– Steve Wyche