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Eagles embrace Vick as their brother

August, 14, 2009
  Charles Small/US Presswire
  Eagles players were excited to hear about the addition of Michael Vick.

Posted by's Tim Graham

PHILADELPHIA -- In the locker room, dog killings apparently won't matter.

Neither will the protests nor the media horde nor the fan backlash over Michael Vick.

His new teammates intend to wrap him in a cocoon, defend him, welcome him not only as a Philadelphia Eagle, but also as a returning member of the NFL brotherhood.

V-Day finally dropped Thursday, when word finally broke that the disgraced former Atlanta Falcons quarterback had been granted another chance in the NFL after serving a 23-month sentence for his role in a dogfighting enterprise.

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"He's definitely going to be embraced," Eagles cornerback Ellis Hobbs said. "The NFL is a fraternity of brothers. When you bring in a guy who's been through the things that he's been through, you want to surround him and protect him as much as possible because everybody's out there throwing stones at him.

"We want to be the protector, to let him know that once he comes in here it's safe havens. No one's going to judge you in here because any one of us can stumble. When somebody does fall like that, you bring him back in and you embrace him. You're still a person. You're still our brother."

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