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Eagles QB drops 'The Michael Vick Project' to focus on football

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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick isn't interested in reviving the reality television show that followed his every move last year, he told CSNPhilly.com.

Producers of "The Michael Vick Project," which aired on BET, apparently were interested in a second season, but Vick turned down the offer to concentrate on football.

"I put a stop to that," Vick said Friday. "They asked me to do it. I don't have that lifestyle."

Vick's move out of the spotlight bucks the trend among his NFL peers. When Vick's Eagles visit the Cincinnati Bengals on Friday, the field will be littered with reality stars.

Eagles wide receiver Hank Baskett stars with his wife, Kendra Wilkinson, in "Kendra" on E! Bengals wide receivers Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco appear in "The T.O. Show" and "Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch" on VH1.

Pulling out of the TV show is an attempt by Vick to change his image. He's on probation after serving an 18-month federal prison sentence that ended in May 2009.

More recently, Vick hosted a birthday party that ended with a shooting in Virginia Beach.

According to police, Vick wasn't present June 25 when a person was shot. Vick's attorney, Larry Woodward, identified the victim as Quanis Phillips, a co-defendant in the dogfighting ring that landed the quarterback in prison.

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Former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy, who has taken time to mentor Vick, said even if the quarterback isn't doing something illegal, he still can make better decisions to stay out of harm's way.

"The first thing people have to realize is that probation officers detail everything, and if he is off track even a little, they're going to come down," Dungy told The Associated Press earlier this month. "They reviewed the situation that went on and moved forward. The NFL did and moved forward. Michael would like to have all the negative publicity back, but it really wasn't the type of thing that people have blown it into. But that's the lesson for him."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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