• Dec 21, 2010
Michael Vick's Woodbury Nissan commercial – Click above to watch the video after the jump

When Michael Vick went to prison for bankrolling an illegal dog fighting operation, sports journalists and fans the world over threw dirt on his once highly successful career as an NFL quarterback. Vick did his time and eventually made his way back to the big time, but it appeared that his days as a starting quarterback were over. Not so fast. An injury to Philadelphia's starting quarterback meant that Vick got a second chance to run an NFL offense. And he's been excelling; perhaps enough so to become the league's MVP. But can he sell Nissan vehicles? Not a national campaign, mind – we're talking about a local dealer.

Woodbury Nissan, a dealership in New Jersey just outside of Philly, has hired Vick to hock new and used vehicles. The move probably doesn't endear the dealership to dog lovers (or animal owners in general), but the hope is that Eagles fans really won't care. Interestingly, USA Today notes that Vick isn't getting paid for his appearance, though he is getting use of a $54,000 Armada for his troubles.

Hit the jump to watch the commercial (scripted to mimic The Office)l for yourself. Vick isn't wearing a cowboy hat and he's not yelling about amazing deals. Instead, the nearly two-minute spot is very well done for a local add, and it's pretty funny, too. The dealer even takes a shot at the diminutive Versa, which may not sit well with corporate, but it gave us a chuckle.

[Sources: YouTube, USA Today, Automotive News – sub. req.]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Clever commercial, but sucks for Vick he has to drive an Armada though. I guess you can't be picky though when you're broke.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why don't we just let pedophiles adopt children, I am sure they are rehabiltitated too!! How could anyone let this animal murderer, God's creatures, back to fame and fortune. who gives a crap if he is a good football player, I am sure there are a lot of felons who are good at something, so why not hire all felons and pay them millions to do what they are good at????? Can anyone get some pictures of those injured dogs, who never were fed or given medical care and post them on billboards along wtih Vick so everyone will remember the torture and killing of innocent animals for monetary gain? What a sick world this is
      • 4 Years Ago
      E-A-G-L-E-S ... EAGLES!!!!!!!!

      sorry about the 'fanboy' troll boys lol.. but I bleed green.. commercial was decent
      • 4 Years Ago
      It would be nice if all of you who are defending crimes against animals had the same passion for crimes against unborn human children.
        • 4 Years Ago
        When an abortion is done, there is no brain activity or a heart beat. They're only a child if they reach development. Don't even get me started on impregnated rape victims.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Take it somewhere else you two.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The man went to Leavenworth. Leavenworth!! Does anyone posting on this site have the cojones to survive that? That's a serious prison, and a serious punishment.

      If that's not enough for you, then don't hate Vick. Hate our society for deciding that hard time in a federal penitentiary is inadequate punishment for his crimes. He didn't decide when to let himself out; we ourselves decided when we elected the officials that wrote the laws that the judges carry out. It's that simple.
      • 4 Years Ago
      enough about the dogfighting thing. People make it sound like he was barbecuing people's babies.

      What he did was wrong in the eyes of our culture and in the eyes of those people who humanize animals. Lots of people. However, humans have always played these sorts of bloodsports with animals. Give people a tank of water and they'll fight pet fish in them. Can't restrain it. Humanity is just screwed up that way. Take away animals and we'll fight people against people. If something is that ingrained in our psyche, how can we fault someone when they not only have made amends for it, but paid their dues and want to move on?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I bought my wife's Mercedes from Woodbury Nissan. I'll never step foot in their showroom again.

      Downrank me all you want, but he's a reprehensible human being. Philly is the only city that could embrace him, because let's face it, they lead the US in murders almost every year. They're as class-less as he is, and while he's been doing things to get back in people's good graces, such as the ASPCA appearances, he's just doing it because he got caught. If he hadn't been caught, he'd still be bankrolling the dogfighting business.

      This is why my wife and I give 0.5% of our net salary to the ASPCA...so they can put people like him behind bars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "though he is getting use of a $54,000 Armada for his troubles"

      This makes Michael the only person in the country not overspending for an Armada.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Darned shame that Honda has stopped production of the Element. I'd pay at least a dollar or so to see Michael Vick pitch the Element's "dog-friendly package."
      • 4 Years Ago
      If he would have just raped somebody people would have forgiven him long ago. I firmly believe that once somebody pays their debt to society they should be allowed to integrate back without life long repercussions.
        • 4 Years Ago
        dogs aren't human, their canines.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Serial killers pay their debt by giving their life. After that, forgive and move on. Spending your life hating someone just ruins your own life.

        Dogs are not human, not scientifically or in any other way. Yes he screwed up, but has paid his debt and is now given the chance to do again what only a minute percentage of people have the talent to do. People make mistakes that do change them for the better sometimes, and until he proves otherwise then I have to accept that he has changed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "If he would have just raped somebody people would have forgiven him long ago."

        You really think that? I would never, ever welcome someone back after a rape conviction. I wouldn't deny them their legal rights, but I would never ever welcome a rapist back into society with open arms and a smile.
        • 4 Years Ago
        So if Ed Gien, Ted Bundy, BTK, Zodiak, and many other serial killers paid their debt to society, they should be forgiven? He murdered living, defenseless dogs. Dogs are as human as us. So what differs them from us when one dog is murdered?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Just because the majority of them were put into prison for life, doesn't mean they lose their life. They're still alive in prison in a protected area so other inmates don't try to kill them (hence why the Dahmer situation was a giant screw up). Al Capone? Every prison he went to, there was a fully furnished cell just for him. He killed numerous people AT ONE TIME (Valentine's Day Massacre).

        Amityville Horror? The guy the movie is based on is still alive today living his life out in prison. He's still a bit coo-coo, but the guy is protected at all times. I'm even willing to bet he doesn't even realize he is in prison because of how delusional he is.

        And yes, dogs are as human as us. They just have 4 legs and fur. Go ahead. Compare us to them in how they have feelings and have the same thought processes we have.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I liked this commercial. It was funny and entertaining, which is more than can be said of the vast majority of all types of commercials. Vick's expressions were good. The other cast members as well. For a local dealership commercial, this was well done.

      Like others said, Vick participated in the commission of some heinous horrible crimes against dogs. I love dogs and what he was involved in was terrible. That said, he did his time and in his communications with the public since, he seems very genuinely remorseful and humble. I am choosing to accept his apology.

      Sometimes those who made mistakes in the past can be the best advocates for proper behavior going forward.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Decent. And no where near as cheesy as I thought it would be. Most people are so awkward and monotone in front a camera. Those people including Vick weren't bad.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Exactly what I was thinking.
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