Agree with the move or not, Mike Vick is now an employee of the Philadelphia Eagles. The disgraced QB was in Philly on Friday morning, and talked to the media and fans about the issues that faced him that led him to a prision sentence that changed his career and his life.
“For the life of me, I can’t understand why I was involved in such pointless activity,” Vick said. “Why did I risk so much at the pinnacle of my career? There was a point in my life where I felt it was wrong and I knew it was wrong. To this day I have to live with that shame and that embarrassment.”
Vick has served his time, and seems to have a grasp on having better people around him, including former Colts coach Tony Dungy, who feels that Vick has turned his life around for the better, and that the Eagles will benefit with Vick coming aboard.
“I’m glad that coach Reid and the rest of the organization stepped forward,” Vick said. “I’m glad I got the opportunity and the second chance. I won’t disappoint.”
The remains to be seen. Eagles owner Jeffrie Lurie, who is a dog lover, said that he had to do some serious “soul searching” regarding Vick. The owner said he met with Vick for hours and is convinced he can become a force in stopping animal cruelty. “I needed to see a lot of self hatred in order to approve this,” Lurie said.
It’s a move that will be talked about all season, and one that could be a big indication how far the Eagles may go in the 2009 season.