By Mark Memmott

Former NFL star Michael Vick was released from the federal penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kan., early this morning and is headed to Virginia. He'll spend the last two months of his nearly two-year sentence for financing a dogfighting rink in home confinement.



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Vick on Aug. 27, 2007, after entering his guilty plea. Win McNamee/Getty Images




The Daily Press of Virginia Beach (Vick's hometown newspaper) reports that according to sources at the scene:

A large media contingent was waiting outside the federal prison ... (but) Vick avoided reporters and emerged from a different entrance to the facility, wearing brown slacks and a white button-up jacket.

Vick, who played quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons, is going to be doing some community service work with the Humane Society.

As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes:

Vick is currently suspended by the NFL, and the Falcons are seeking to trade his contractual rights. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has said that Vick's potential re-instatement will depend on his level of remorsefulness.

Atlanta's WSB-TV says that a crowd is growing outside Vick's Hampton, Va., home.

Update at 5:05 p.m. ET. All Things Considered's Melissa Block spoke today with Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States (click here to find an NPR station near you). He said he has some doubts, but hopes Vick will prove to be one of the organization's most effective voices. Here's a short clip from the interview:

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9:23 - May 20, 2009