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Michael Vick

Prison Made Me a

Better Person

7/18/2013 2:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Michael Vick tells TMZ ... his involvement with a children's charity is not a publicity stunt to fix his image -- claiming he truly is a changed man ... thanks to his 2-year prison stint.

The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback just called in to "TMZ Live" to talk about his involvement with the Team Freedom Outreach -- a charity that recruits volunteers to play sports with children who are incarcerated.

During the conversation, Vick told us he's truly passionate about the cause -- and claims it's all because of an epiphany he had during his time in prison for running an illegal dog fighting ring.

"Sometimes it takes this ... for a person to go through certain hardships ... to realize what their purpose really is," Vick said.

"I think God placed it on my heart when I was incarcerated to come out and be the best person I can be and to help as many people as I can help."

As we previously reported, Vick is taking his role with the organization so seriously, he already went to D.C. and met with Rep. John Lewis in the hopes of helping more kids.

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1.

Lucky_130    

Even if MV is a better person I still don't like him

274 days ago
2.

Elsa    

The zimm has more work to do.

274 days ago
3.

bboy    

you get less (or no time) time killing young black teenagers than dogs...smh

274 days ago
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a long time Leno fan!    

AWESOME! Good for him to set an example rather than cuss out neighbors, tear through neighborhoods, terrorizing society. Wish he success in everything her does going forward. He deserves it for making good.

274 days ago
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Sandy749    

The Vick is no hero ...he is a prick. I'm still waiting for someone to break his legs. He is no role model for anyone or anything.

274 days ago
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datruth    

Let he who is without sin cast the first stone...hypocrites!

274 days ago
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Cheekymonkey    

Epiphany, that was sent from God, to tell a quarterback that killing dogs is ok because he spent some time locked up. Stay classy, dip$hit!

274 days ago
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INTHEZONE    

prison made you a better woman

274 days ago
9.

KnuckleDragger    

Please... you're Michael Vic, know it or not...you were never IN real prison.

274 days ago
10.

realitybites    

2 years? nope try 18 months and how are you redeeming yourself with the animal world?

274 days ago
11.

Elyse    

What he did or allow to happen to those dogs were horrible BUT he did do time for it and he's helping kids to not do the same stupid ****.

274 days ago
12.

baby    

why cause there was no lil animals to abuse in prison?

274 days ago
13.

The Real JJ    

Vick killed innocent dogs and did fed time, Zimmerman killed an innocent human and did no time. Leave Vick alone he did his time.

274 days ago
14.

Nirad    

I say BS!!

274 days ago
15.

Darlene    

Congrats to MV for appreciating a 2nd chance. Keep up the good work!

274 days ago
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