Last week, Michael Vick was sentenced to 23 months in prison for his involvement in a dog fighting operation.
In a handwritten five-page letter to U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson before his sentencing, Vick asked the judge for leniency. He wrote “I am not the bad person or the beast I’ve been made out to be. I have been talked about and ridiculed on a day to day basis by people who really don’t know Michael Vick the human being. They only knew the football player which is unfair.”
Vick continued, “I PROMISE that I will never again use a single dollar that I have earned for anything but to help people.”
He ended the letter by saying he was forever a changed man and prayed that he would get a second chance.
His mother, his seventh-grade teacher, the Atlanta mayor, George Foreman, and Hank Aaron also wrote letters on Vick’s behalf.