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Former Virginia Tech quarterback — and convicted felon — Michael Vick returns to Virginia Tech this weekend and will sell his autograph for $25 to $30 a pop.
His return is generating a lot of buzz — a lot of it unfavorable — around Blacksburg, VA. A Facebook page was shut down after a barrage of strongly-worded protests and the in-box at Tech is overflowing with angry emails.
“It makes us sick,” Nancy Luz, director of Kids and Kritters Animal Rescue, said in one email. “He makes us sick.”
Tech annually invites football team alumni to to the final Spring football scrimmage at Lane Stadium.
This year the university invited 16 former players, including Vick.
Never one to miss an opportunity to cash in, Vick will also sit at a table at the Tech bookstore and sign autographs for those willing to shell out up to thirty bucks for the signature of an ex-con who did 21 months in stir on a federal rap for running an illegal — and cruel — dogfighting ring.
“We believe Hokie Nation will respond in a favorable way,” George Daniels, manager of the bookstore, told The Roanoke Times.
If the “Hokie Nation” has any decency the response should be anything but favorable.
UPDATE: The manager of the Virginia Tech bookstore said later Wednesday that Vick “may” be donating “part” of the proceeds from his autograph sales to “a local charity,” possibly the Montgomery County Humane Society but said nothing was official and admitted he was “speculating.”