Vick's Fans, Critics Plot Rallies Ahead of Eagles Game

NAACP to march at stadium, while SPCA throws 'tailgate' party
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2009 1:28 AM CDT
Michael Vick listens to a question at a Philadelphia news conference with Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
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(Newser) – Michael Vick’s first NFL game since his conviction for dog fighting has triggered strong reactions among animal and civil rights advocates in Philadelphia and they plan to let him know it, AP reports. Before he steps onto the field today as the Eagles’ quarterback, the Pennsylvania SPCA will throw a “tailgate” party across town to support its 2nd Chance Dogs campaign—a stab at Vick, who was granted a second chance by the Eagles.

But the embattled quarterback has supporters, too. Members of the Philadelphia chapter of the NAACP and the Black Clergy of Philadelphia will march around the stadium in support of Vick’s return. Vick’s crimes were serious, but he did the time and deserves to play again, says the head of Philly's NAACP.