RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - In Philadelphia, the banner headline on one sports-talk radio station's website read - "Hide your beagle, Vick's an Eagle." But not surprisingly, here in Richmond, fans are a little more sympathetic.
It's been the talk on sports radio all day long and while Philly stations have been bashing the move, this is Virginia Tech country, and during Greg Burton's shift on Richmond's ESPN 950, supportive callers out-number detractors, by at least 2 to 1.
"I'm a proud pitbull owner and a Michael Vick hater, I'm a Cowboy's fan and just gives me a little more reason to hate on him a little bit more," said one caller.
"I mean we're talking about week one. We get a turned ankle on the wrong player and Michael Vick is the savor on the Philadelphia Eagles and there is no better organization that he could play for right now that would help him out," said another caller.
Burton isn't surprised by the reaction from his audience:
"He was in prison a long time, he missed two years of his NFL career, his life was ruined - he ruined it, but they feel like he has earned the chance to start to rebuild his life," said Burton.
But in the city of brotherly love apparently they're far less forgiving. Check out the headlines - "Hide your dogs...." and another asks "What are they thinking?"
Some of Vick's most vocal critics just aren't buying today's public apology:
"I don't think he should have been signed, I think remorse is a process, it's not just words, you come out you served your time and you go into community and show with deeds you are truly sorry," said Ingrid Newkirk, PETA President.
But in his home state, Michael Vick will have support - except - on those two Sunday's every season when the Eagles take on the beloved Washington Redskins:
"Even though he's just up the road in Philly, it hits close to home because Vick is gonna be in the same division as the Redskins, where of course - this is Redskins country," said Burton.