Continued from page 1

Monica Caraffa, who lives a short walk from Lincoln Financial Field, gave up her season tickets because of Vick. She spends Eagles game days protesting outside the stadium. She said cruelty, not race, fuels her anger.

“If it had been Peyton Manning or Tom Brady who did the things he did,” Caraffa said, “I’d feel exactly the same way.”

Not far from her brick rowhouse, where an anti-Vick sign is displayed out front, the recent sight of a homeless woman with a pit bull brought her to tears.

“Here’s a woman who, no doubt, will make sure her dog eats before she does,” Caraffa said, “just blocks from where that sociopath is collecting a million-dollar paycheck.”

Others appear to share her disdain.

The Philadelphia Daily News put Vick on its cover with the headline “Hide Your Dogs” when he signed. Websites began selling Vick dog chew toys. Pre-game protests were held outside the stadium. Facebook groups called for an Eagles boycott. And petitions were circulated to “Sack Vick.”

After he became the starter, the Daily News again ran him on the cover _ this time not with a warning, but a headline declaring him “Top Dog.”

In 2009 and 2010, Vick was No. 1 on Forbes magazine’s annual poll of most disliked athletes. In a survey in September, the organization that compiles “Q Score” familiarity ratings ranked Vick as least liked on a list of 198 athletes.

While NFLShop.com said Vick’s No. 7 jersey was fourth-most popular after his signing last year, the site’s most recent figures _ compiled before he became the starter _ do not place him among the top 25.

However, a spokesman for Modell’s Sporting Goods, which has numerous locations in and around Philadelphia, said “sales have spiked significantly” for Vick jerseys and other merchandise in the weeks since he became starter. He’s currently being outsold by the NL East-champion Phillies.

Dick’s Sporting Goods, which announced after Vick signed last season that it would not sell his jerseys, has begun offering them for sale online and in stores. A spokeswoman declined comment.

Eagles fan Carmen Ferrigno, head of a Philadelphia communications consultancy firm, said what Vick did was horrible, but he still should be allowed to play.

“The judicial system tried and punished him, so he did his time,” he said. “After that, I may not like him but I would fight for his right to move on with his life, just as I would if someone committed any other crime, even though I may hate them for doing the crime.”