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Vick Tells GQ Magazine He ‘Didn’t Want To Come To Philadelphia’

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick opened up about his NFL comeback in the September issue of GQ magazine, admitting he didn’t plan on coming to Philadelphia.

“I didn’t want to come to Philadelphia. Being the third-team quarterback is nothing to smile about. Cincinnati and Buffalo were better options,” Vick told the magazine.

When Vick joined the team in 2009, he was listed on the depth chart behind Donovan McNabb and Kevin Kolb.

In the article titled ‘The Impossible, Inevitable Redemption of Michael Vick,’ the “new-look” quarterback explains that the Bills and Bengals wanted him and would’ve allowed him to start, but after meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell and other reps from the NFL, was convinced—and granted league approval—to sign with the birds.

“And I commend and thank them, because they put me in the right situation,” Vick says.

Vick has been with the Philadelphia Eagles since 2009 and has since been named the team’s starting QB. After a Pro Bowl season in 2010, Vick has the Eagles poised for a Super Bowl run in 2011.

In response to the article, Vick released a statement through the Eagles:

“I felt it was necessary to put out a statement today clarifying the article in GQ Magazine. I did speak with many people, but the decision to sign in Philadelphia was based on my discussions with my agent, my family and with Coach Reid. And after those discussions, it became clear to me that this was the place I wanted to play and resume my NFL career. The Commissioner never told me to sign or not sign with particular teams. Again, I want to make it perfectly clear that this was a decision I made and, as I have said numerous times before, I’m very happy with the way it has worked out for me and my family.”

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  • XPhiladelphian

    I bet that a lot of these people who say they can NEVER forgive Michael Vick consider themselves good Christians. Mr Vick has said over and over again that he alone is responsible for his heinous acts in the past, and that he is remorseful. I happen to believe him. Not just because “he got caught”, not just because he is now a successful quarterback, but because I believe in redemption. I think for some people, the act of WITHHOLDING forgiveness makes them feel powerful. The sad part is, this inability to forgive makes a person bitter. Also, I doubt that any REAL Eagles fan has stopped watching the games because of Michael. The ones claiming this were not watching the games to begin with…who do you think you are kidding?

    • Bill

      NO,once again, I say he is sorry for getting caught. He is a dirtball. Of course he will say, ” I’m totally responsible for my actions. I hope some animal lover lineman on an opposing team Squashes him.

  • .

    Anyone who eats farm-factory meat has no basis to criticize M Vick.

    • Big Daddy

      Big differance between man’s best friend and a freakin cow or pig

    • Sleeping Alone

      Can we move on from this……I didn’t want to marry my wife, yet here I am. Life is full of decisions some good, some bad, and some just turn in to excuses. No sex for me.

      • Big Daddy


  • Olney Falcon

    About the decision made which put him with the Eagles Vick said, “And I commend and thank them, because they put me in the right situation,” Makes one wonder why an offhand comment (“I didn’t want to come to Philadelphia. Being the third-team quarterback is nothing to smile about…) was regarded as newsworthy. Seems to me the “spin-Doctors” were looking for something to write that would incite negative commentary. This is 3rd grade journalism, maybe even worse, and whoever made the decision to run with it ought to be fired…

  • Bill

    I left an earlier comment but it was never posted. I guess it was to close to the truth about that dirtball. keep editing and we will soon become the new Soviet Union.Gotta love it. but I still say Vick is a dirtball. my wife and I have rescued 23 stray cats in the last two years, and placed them in private shelters all abused by the two legged animals

  • Tom H

    Yep dog killer, that’s the first word out of any haters mouth when Vick’s name is mentioned. Don’t get me wrong I love animals and my sole purpose of supporting Vick was originally tied to the success I thought he might have wearing and Eagles jersey but I have founud a great many things out about Vick and dog fighting.

    The guy has paid his debt to scoiety and I take him as sincere in his efforts. Before all of this we was one of the most arragont players in the league. Since serving time he llost his contract, lost sponsers and had to repay the Falcons and for his bankrpucey. I now see a broken and remorseful man trying to make a living the way he best knows how in the short window of opportunity he has to do it.

    As a result of Vick’s case public awareness and conciousness has risen on this brutal act. The public is now getting invloved and turining these dog fighting operators in. The president of the Humane Society came on Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel lat year and reported that as a result of Vick’s case that dog fighting is actually on the decline. The ends don’t justify the means but give the guy an ounce of credit for trying to right where he wronged.

    I take zero exception to him being smart enough to recognize a depth chart either. go ahead with your “dog killer” and “I’m not supporting this franchise” lines because in the end that’s all you got and guess what we real Eagles fans and fans of a second chance don’t want you on our team anyway.

    • Bill

      Tom H, the only thing he is sorry about is that he got caught. he is sorry his lame ass got caught.End of story..BILL

  • Trey

    @Diane – I couldn’t have said it better myself. I was an avid Eagles fan until Vick joined the team and now, haven’t watched a game since. I am extremely disappointed in the NFL and Eagles organization to have allowed a heathen like Vick back into the spotlight and become a “role model” once again. Believe me, if he wasn’t performing as well on the field, Philly would have turned on him long ago.

  • Diane

    I don’t understand the “redemption” angle. How has he been “redeemed”? I don’t think being an excellent football player redeems you from acts of animal cruelty.

  • bob

    GUess what Vick, we didnt WANT your dog killing felon behind in Philly either – so call it mutual.

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