NFL football star Michael Vick had originally planned to host a book signing at a local bookstore Saturday. As the scheduled event approached, animal rights activists made apparent threats against the quarterback's life.
Vick changed his game plan, causing him to cancel his book signing at the Buckhead book store.
He made the decision to help a local charity recruit Christian men to mentor troubled boys.
The nonprofit group Team Freedom Outreach took Vick up on his offer to show up to help recruit Christian men to mentor young boys in lock-up.
The event at Victory for the World Church in Stone Mountain was put together in a day's time.
Vick talked to crowd about the work he's done so far with the organization, which includes his part in a video that helps encourage teen boys who are locked up.
"I didn't even know they had kids in detention centers wearing the jumpsuits. I was one of those guys who wore the jumpsuit at the age of 27," said Vick.
Isaac Ingram with Team Freedom Outreach told the crowd how he met Vick a while back and how he believes the football star is the right person to reach the boys he mentors.
"Eighty-five percent of the boys in youth detention center do not have male role models living in the household. That means they're 20 times more likely to be in that type of situation," said Ingram.
Vick's book is about second chances. Vick was convicted and served time on federal dog-fighting charges. He overcame his legal troubles and returned to the NFL. He is now the quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles.
A.J. McNeial is not a troubled youth, but he heard about the book signing from church leaders. So, he showed up to meet one of his football heroes.
"I just think it is good he's giving back to the community since he played here. I just think it's a good," said McNeial.
Under an umbrella of security, Vick spent part of the day signing his new autobiography, Michael Vick: Finally Free.
The proceeds from the book signing will go to Team Freedom Outreach.
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