Vick Plays Early, Gets Standing O in Philly Debut

He plays QB, receiver in Eagles offense; protests muted
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2009 7:25 PM CDT
Protesters against Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick hold a sign as a Vick fan gestures behind them before tonight's game in Philadelphia.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Though there was a smattering of protesters both for and against Michael Vick, the convicted dog-killer got a standing ovation from the Philadelphia fans when he made his Eagles debut on their first offensive series of tonight’s exhibition game, the Inquirer reports. Vick lined up at quarterback and wide receiver, completing a key pass in an early scoring drive.

Animal-rights activists told the Daily News that sentiment outside Lincoln Financial Field was heavily in Vick’s favor, too. “90% of the people we’ve encountered are in support of Michael Vick,” said one of a small group of protesters; another held up a sign reading “Ethics over athletics.” About a dozen members of the local NAACP showed up to support Vick.