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Michael Vick facing growing outcry against planned induction into Virginia Tech HOF

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Michael Vick facing growing outcry against planned induction into Virginia Tech HOF

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Public opposition is growing against the planned induction of former football star Michael Vick into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame.

The Roanoke Times reported Tuesday that two online petitions at change.org had received more than 90,000 combined signatures against the September induction. The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine has also announced its opposition.

The university in Blacksburg has continued to defend its recent decision, noting that some believe Vick is the greatest athlete in school history.

Vick served 19 months in federal prison on 2007 dogfighting convictions. He was a top contender for the 1999 Heisman Trophy after leading the Hokies through an undefeated regular season and to a spot in the national championship game. He went on to play professionally for the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles.

Eagles DE Chris Long on Vick's Kaepernick comments: 'I had a dirty mullet'

Eagles DE Chris Long on Vick's Kaepernick comments: 'I had a dirty mullet'

Former Eagles quarterback Mike Vick found himself in a bit of controversy this week when he made a comment about Colin Kaepernick and his appearance contributing to his lack of a job in the NFL.

"First thing we gotta get Colin to do is cut his hair," Vick said. "Listen, I'm not up here to try to be politically correct, but even if he puts cornrows in I don't think he should represent himself in that way in terms of the hairstyle. Just go clean cut, why not? You're already dealing with a lot. A lot controversy surrounding this issue. The thing he needs to do is just try to look presentable. Look, all the social media stuff he's doing, we get it. We understand it. It's time for Colin to step up in a different way."

The sports world reacted accordingly. That included one of the new members of the Eagles, defensive lineman Chris Long, who shared some thoughts on his Twitter page today.

"Vick thing is confusing bc he says that CK is unemployed bc of performance, but a haircut will help. What am I missing there?," he tweeted. "Also, Vick's redemption opportunity (while deserved) is way different than CK's current situation."

Long then interacted with some Twitter users who called him a leftist. Chris's response: "I'm not a leftist, moron. I'm trying to make sense of why 1 of the best 32 QBs on [earth] doesn't have a job + we're talking about his haircut?"

Long then pointed out his own appearance isn't exactly clean cut and he did just fine last season.

"I had a dirty mullet last year + worked for that company you love. You know, the 1 w the 5 rings on your background that you'll never touch," Long wrote, referring to the New England Patriots.

But it's his final point that I think most of us can agree on.

"Irony is that MV actually says he thinks Kaep's social action is a good thing. That's what makes the call for an image revamp strange," he said.

And it's true. Either Kaepernick is a good enough football player to have a job in the NFL or he isn't. His appearance should have absolutely nothing to do with it. End of story.

We've embedded some of Long's tweets below for more context.

Michael Vick's advice to Colin Kaepernick: Get a haircut to look more presentable

Michael Vick's advice to Colin Kaepernick: Get a haircut to look more presentable

As NFL training camps swiftly approach, Colin Kaepernick remains a free agent.

There is a belief that Kaepernick is being blackballed for protesting during the national anthem by kneeling last year, while another opinion points to the former 49ers quarterback's down play over the past couple seasons as the reason why he remains without a job.

And then there's Michael Vick.

Vick on Monday was a guest on Fox Sports 1's Speak for Yourself  where the topic of discussion was Kaepernick's future in the NFL. And Vick offered up advice to Kaepernick that had nothing to do with football nor political statements. 

"First thing we gotta get Colin to do is cut his hair," Vick said. "Listen, I'm not up here to try to be politically correct, but even if he puts cornrows in I don't think he should represent himself in that way in terms of the hairstyle. Just go clean cut, why not? You're already dealing with a lot. A lot controversy surrounding this issue. The thing he needs to do is just try to look presentable. Look, all the social media stuff he's doing, we get it. We understand it. It's time for Colin to step up in a different way.

"I think perception and image is everything and this is not the Colin Kaepernick that we've known since he entered the National Football League. And I'm just going off my personal experiences, but I love the guy to death. But I also want him to succeed on and off the field and this has to be a start for him."

Huh?

File this one under "one of the more ridiculous things you'll ever hear."

To be fair, Vick did go on to say that the primary reason that Kaepernick is currently out of a quarterbacking job is because of the downward trend of his play over the last two seasons. But that doesn't make his comments about Kaep's hairstyle any less ridiculous and off base. 

People can debate about whether Kaepernick is being blackballed or his recent play is keeping him out of a job or that it's a combination of both. But it's probably safe to say that there's a zero-percent chance that there are NFL teams out there that have afro hairstyle as one of the reasons they don't want want to sign Kaep.

For Vick's full appearance, check out the video below.