Michael Vick Pumps Up Nate Dogg's Son
12/1/2011 3:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Vick just made another deposit in the karma bank ... 'cause dude inspired a young dogg -- Nate Dogg's son -- by reaching out to talk football and family this week.
Here's how Vick connected with Naijiel Hale -- a football stud at Lakewood High, outside Los Angeles.
Naijiel's mom entered him in a Vick giveaway contest on Facebook by telling the Eagles QB ... her son is a huge fan of his, and "a sophomore starting DB (defensive back) with awesome grades :)"
Couple days later Vick personally responded with an email to Naiji, saying ... "Congratulations on a good season and thank you for the support." Naijiel told his hero, "Its been a hard year with my dad passing," and added he and Nate Dogg used to watch Vick play every game.
A rep tells TMZ, Vick decided to contact Naiji after reading about his H.S. football success -- leading the league in interceptions -- despite his father's death in March.
In his last email Vick said, "Sorry to hear about your father but glad to see you're being strong and keep achieving."
Now, if he can just get back on the field for the Eagles.