*Michael Vick may miss a third week of football due to injury, but he’s making just as meaningful off-the-field connections during his down time.

According to TMZ, the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback  has reached out to Naijiel Hale, the son of late singer Nate Dogg (real name Nathanial Hale), who is a football stud at Lakewood High, outside Los Angeles.

Naijiel’s mom entered him in a Vick giveaway contest on Facebook with the message that her son is a huge fan of his, and “a sophomore starting DB (defensive back) with awesome grades :)”

According to TMZ, Vick personally responded a couple of days later with an email to Naiji, saying … “Congratulations on a good season and thank you for the support.” Naijiel told his hero, “It’s been a hard year with my dad passing,” and added he and Nate Dogg used to watch Vick play every game.

A rep tells TMZ, Vick decided to contact Naiji after reading about his H.S. football success — leading the league in interceptions — despite his father’s death in March.

In his last email Vick said, “Sorry to hear about your father but glad to see you’re being strong and keep achieving.”