Nike is welcoming Vick back into the fold today, more than two years after it cut ties with the former Atlanta Falcons star, according to Vick's agent.
For all of the speculation that Vicks' return to the league after an 18-month prison sentence would be marred by protests and the always powerful court of public opinion, it's gone pretty smooth.Segal told SportsBusiness Journal that Vick will wear Nike shoes, gear and apparel, but would not reveal the terms of the agreement.
"Mike has had a great relationship with Nike and is excited to be part of the Nike team again," Segal said.
He was on the field for 11 plays in a 34-14 win over the Kansas City Chiefs -- none of them particularly remarkable -- and accounted for 30 yards. It's seemed that the media circus has calmed down some as he assimilates back to game speed and the Eagles explore how to use him in their offense.
But, if past Vick posts around here have taught us, he's still a lightning rod for criticism on message boards and blogs. So, we'll ask if you all have a problem with Nike bringing him back so quickly.
As I've said before, Vick has served his time and said/done all the right things to earn his second chance -- one he seems determined to make the absolute most of. Of course, others would say that he should continue to suffer financially for the errors in judgment he's made.
So far this year, his No. 7 jersey has been one of the league's hottest sellers -- something that would suggest his marketability hasn't suffered through all of this.