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Vick takes Christian Dungy as mentor

Has Michael Vick found God?

Over at beliefnet, Kris Rasmussen sees reason to hope in the recently released NFL star's interview Sunday with 60 minutes.

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"It seems part of Vick's character rehab plan as designated by the NFL and the [Philadelphia] Eagles is for Vick to have a long term-mentor and as an outspoken Christian [former Indianapolis Colts Coach Tony] Dungy has agreed to take on that role," Rasmussen writes. "Dungy had met with Vick when he was still in prison and In a recent interview, Dungy has said that Vick has told him that he realizes he needs 'to get closer to the Lord' and that is why the former coach has committed to continue to work with Vick."

The former Atlanta Falcon was sentenced in November 2007 to 23 months in prison for his role in an interstate dogfighting ring. He was released to home confinement in May and conditionally reinstated by the NFL in July. He signed with the Eagles last week.

"Lots of folks suddenly find God while in prison," Rasmussen writes. "Many a celebrity has found Jesus as part of a smart p.r. move. So it is absolutely fair for the general public to be skeptical and to take a 'wait and see' attitude with Vick. At the same time, after watching that '60 Minutes' interview, I found myself thankful for Dungy's example of compassion and wisdom by stepping into a volatile situation and attempting to lead someone to redemption -- without hesitation or skepticism."

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