With 13:17 left to play in the second quarter of the Jets’ preseason opener Thursday against the Colts, new quarterback Michael Vick jogged onto the MetLife Stadium field. The small crowd gave Vick the loudest ovation of the night.

Five days earlier, the public address announcer introduced the Jets one-by-one for the team’s annual Green and White Scrimmage. The crowd of about 7,000 gave its loudest cheer when they heard Vick’s name.
Every day at training camp practice, fans scream for Vick, not at him. They line up, hoping to get his autograph.

Anyone who thought Vick’s welcome to the Jets might be rough thought wrong. The fans have embraced Vick. There have been no protests here, despite an online petition in the spring against his acquisition. No one has heckled him. There has not even been a rogue sign.

When he was convicted of conspiracy and running a dog-fighting operation in 2007, Vick was one of the most hated men in America. But seven years later, it appears many fans have forgiven him, even if his crimes are not forgotten.

“I’ve been embraced all across the world,” Vick told The Post this week. “I’m thankful for that. It wasn’t just because of me being a great football player, it was because of my attitude and my approach and trying to come back and do things the right way.”
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