Michael Vick will be honored as honorary Pro Bowl captain despite petition calling for his removal

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HOUSTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 01: Former quarterback Michael Vick looks on prior to the game between the New England Patriots and the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on December 01, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Michael Vick is going back to the NFL Pro Bowl, this time as one of four NFL Legends Pro Bowl Captains.

A Change.org petition is calling on the NFL to revoke the honor. Over 550,000 people have signed the petition.

Despite the petition, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says Vick “paid a heavy price” and doesn’t anticipate any changes.

The petition cites the cruel and inhumane killing of dogs that led to Vick’s conviction.

“Over the last, what is it, nine years or so, we have supported Michael in his, what I think his recognition of the mistake he made,” said Goodell. “He’s paid a heavy price for that. He’s been accountable for it. He’s worked aggressively with the humane society and other institutions to deal with animal rights and to make sure people don’t make the same mistake he made, and I admire that.”

Other petitions have also surfaced online since the initial one.

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