Vick's high school will not put his jersey back on the wall

Michael Vick may have redeemed himself in the eyes of the federal court system and in the way society has been set up.

He hasn’t at Warwick High School in Newport News, Va., where he was a star athlete. Vick’s jersey hung on the wall there before it was removed in 2007 when he was entangled in a federal dogfighting probe that led to an 18-month stint in prison.

School officials say the jersey of Vick isn’t going back up despite a student movement to have it restored.

“It is the final decision," spokeswoman Michelle Price told Cindy Clayton of the Virginian-Pilot. “The school administrators just decided that they are not going to take action on the student's request.”

Price said administrators don’t want the jersey to become a distraction and are concerned about vandalism and theft. The issue could come up again in the future.

“I do not believe our current principal is going to reconsider,” Price said.

If the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback continues to lead a crime-free lifestyle, you have to imagine he’ll again be honored by his high school. Maybe the NFL’s reigning comeback player of the year will have to wait a little while.

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