NFL fans seem to have forgiven Michael Vick.
The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, just a year and a half out of prison, is the leading vote-getter in fan balloting for the Pro Bowl, NFL.com reports.
Vick started the season as a backup to Kevin Kolb but has set the league on fire since becoming the starter. He's averaging 249 yards passing and 52 rushing per game, and he has scored 21 touchdowns.
Vick, who served 18 months in federal prison and was vilified after being convicted on charges related to dogfighting, had 729,838 Pro Bowl votes as of Thursday morning. He leads the Indianapolis Colts' Peyton Manning, who's having a rough season, by more than 38,000 votes and the New England Patriots' Tom Brady by more than 100,000.
"I've made three Pro Bowls before, but this one would definitely mean more than the others," Vick told The Press of Atlantic City, New Jersey, on Wednesday. "I'm just working as hard as I can to change things around.
"Spending time in prison changed my life. It was an unfortunate situation in the past, and I wish could go back and change it all. I wish I could take it all back, but I can't. The only thing I can do is move forward."
The Pro Bowl, the NFL's all-star game, will be played January 30 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Even if Vick garners the most votes, he won't play in the Pro Bowl if his Eagles reach the Super Bowl, which will be played a week later at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Last year's Super Bowl teams, the Colts and the New Orleans Saints, each had seven players selected; they didn't play in the exhibition.
"As much as I'd love to make the Pro Bowl, I don't want to make the trip," Vick quipped to The Press.