Michael Vick came out of prison in 2009 seeking a second chance.
He got it with the National Football League's Philadelphia Eagles, and that led to his first endorsement contract, in January, with padding maker Unequal Technologies.
"Whether inside or outside Philadelphia the reception is great," Vick told CNBC Wednesday about his life after 18 months in prison for running an illegal dog-fighting ring.
"All I wanted was a second chance and have an opportunity to come back and do it again and do it right and be real and not fictitious."
Rob Vito, Unequal Technologies' president, who was interviewed with Vick, said his company didn't seek out Vick but worked with the Eagles quarterback and team trainers after Vick suffered rib-cage and thigh injuries last year.
"Mike Vick came to us because when he got injured on the ribs the trainers called us up and said, can you take some of that military-level technology and put it into a chest protector," Vito went on to say. "And so we retrofitted and built up what we now call Exo Skeleton and we put it into the chest protector and we put it into the legs."
Vito said the Kevlar padding, which he said was used in pads and helmets during the Super Bowl and now during hockey's Stanley Cup championship, is thinner than foam and more protective. Vick agreed.