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Vick released from federal custody

Updated: July 21, 2009, 10:41 AM ET
Associated Press

HAMPTON, Va. -- The electronic monitor came off Michael Vick's ankle and made him a free man Monday.

Now he just has to get on Roger Goodell's calendar and convince both the NFL commissioner and team owners he's reformed and ready to play.

It'll be no small task.

Vick's release after serving 23 months on a dogfighting conviction -- the last 60 days in home confinement -- came a week before NFL training camps open for veterans.

"It is going to take a lot of hard work" ...

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