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MV: Yeah, I won't lie. I signed a couple autographs when I was in prison. Maybe more than I should have.
DP: Which was the better feeling: being released from prison or being drafted?
MV: Released from prison. The only thing the draft offered me was the opportunity to play in the NFL. Which is great, but what being released from prison offered me was my life back, the ability to eat when I wanted to, go to sleep when I wanted to, go outside when I wanted to, to be around my kids and my family. That feeling [of getting that back] supersedes any feeling I've ever had in my life. I'll never forget that day.
DP: Did you play on the prison football team?
MV: You know what—we had one game with the prison football team. There were so many holes and divots that I would never go [back].
DP: Were you the quarterback?
MV: Yeah, I was the quarterback for both teams.
DP: Were they allowed to hit you?
MV: I had a flag on, but they couldn't get the flag. I was getting rid of the ball quick.
DP: You said you grew up in a culture that included dogfighting. How old were you when you saw your first dogfight?