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Michael Vick says prison made him a better person

CHANGED MAN: Michael Vick waves to fans (PA)

AMERICAN QUARTERBACK Michael Vick has said he has become a better person since he was released from prison.

The US football star who plays for NFL side Philadelphia Eagles was arrested for dog fighting back in 2007, he was released in 2009 but was put onto probation till 2012.

The 33-year-old has told TMZ that his involvement with a childrens charity is not to re-build his image and that he is a truly changed man.

The charity is the Team Freedom Outreach, which recruits volunteers to play sports with children who are in prison.

Vick spoke passionately about the cause and the work it does.

He said: “Sometimes it takes this… for a person to go through certain hardships… to realise what their purpose really is.”

He added: “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.”

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