The Michael Vick story has all the elements that makes an American Dream classic. With his new multi-million dollar contracts, Vick is successfully reinventing himself on and off the field. Will a Super Bowl win be his ultimate triumph?
â€œI never thought this day would come,â€ Vick said.
â€œ[Two years ago], I was happy just to be on a team. When I was in prison, I prayed for another opportunity. And when I signed with the Eagles, that opportunity had come. I was ecstatic at that point, and Iâ€™m even happier now.â€
â€œI play the game the way I know how to play it,â€ Vick tells UPTOWN, after the magazine spent months trying to negotiate an interview. Heâ€™s understandably cautious about whom he talks to and what he says.
â€œYou have to take precautions, but this is what I love to do. I want to be there for my team and do what I have to do as a quarterback to be successful.â€
Despite the vocal detractors, Eagles fans wasted no time embracing their new quarterback, albeit third-string, showering him with cheers in his first preseason game. It seemed that no matter how anyone felt about dogs or out-of-control rich athletes, all of that endedâ€”or was at least compartmentalizedâ€”as soon as Vick stepped onto the field.
â€œIt was awesome. When I was running out onto the field I was listening to see what the reaction was going to be, I was very pleased,â€ Vick said about his return. â€œI really didnâ€™t expect that reaction, but I was very thankful.â€
â€œI am determined to become a better student of the game and I knew I had to work at it,â€ says Vick. â€œI was young when I was in Atlanta. Iâ€™m older now. Iâ€™ve been through a lot and I think Iâ€™ve matured. I had some good years there, but Iâ€™m just so thankful to be in Philadelphia right now. I could not have landed in a better city. This is my home. This is where I want to be, and I take this opportunity seriously.â€
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