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Not only did Vick make a remarkable turnaround on the field, but his image is improving away from the game. Last month, Vick signed his first paid endorsement contract since his release from prison, a two-year deal with Unequal Technologies, a provider of the football pads Vick wore most of this season.

“To sum it all up, the last five months, have been delayed gratification,” Vick said. “Things that I wanted to accomplish the last couple years that I couldn’t and I had to wait for it, and I had to be patient, and I did it and it all paid off. I just thank God for putting me with the right group of people, with Andy, with a flagship organization, a great group of coaches. … They give me all the credit, but I give them the credit.”

Also receiving votes were Minnesota linebacker E.J.Henderson (3 1/2), New England receiver Wes Welker, Chicago linebacker Brian Urlacher and Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel (2 each), and Pittsburgh safety Troy Polamalu, Seattle running back/kick ereturner Leon Washington, and Tampa Bay rookie running back LeGarrette Blount (one each).

Polamalu won the Defensive Player of the Year award earlier this week.


AP Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi in Philadelphia contributed to this story.