PHILADELPHIA - At a news conference to discuss his addition to the PhiladelphiaEagles, Newport News native Michael Vick said, "I've made somemistakes. I've done some terrible things." He went on to say, "I'vemade some bad decisions in my life, and had to reach a turningpoint. Prison did that for me."
Eagles coach Andy Reid and mentor Tony Dungy sat at Vick's side.Reid said he is "excited to have Michael Vick on board with us." "Ireally got the sense he wanted to do some great things," Dungysaid. "He wanted to be a positive role model for young people. Hewanted to get back to his family."
Vick described prison as a humbling experience and said it wasvery difficult to explain to his three children, ages seven, fourand one, where he had been.
Vick said he is glad he was given the opportunity for a secondchance and said the Eagles' offer was the "perfect situation,perfect scenario."
WAVY News 10 Sports Director Bruce Rader is headed toPhiladelphia and will have live coverage from there throughout theday.
Agent Joel Segal told The Associated Press in a telephoneinterview Thursday that Vick signed a two-year deal with thePhiladelphia Eagles. Vick will make a reported $1.6 million forthis season with the possibility of earning over $5 million nextseason.
On July 20 Vick finished his 23-month federal sentence for hisinvolvement in a dogfighting ring. Vick served the last two monthsof that sentenced at his Hampton home.
A week later, on July 27, NFL commissioner Roger Goodellreinstated Vick on certain conditions. Under the conditionalreinstatement, Vick can take part in all preseason practices,workouts and meetings. He can also play in the final two preseasongames.
Vick, however, is restricted from playing once the seasonstarts.
Goodell said he would consider a full reinstatement by Week 6 atthe latest.
In the meantime, Vick will remain on probation for three years.He is also under a three-year suspended sentence for a statedogfighting conviction.
Local football fans had a lot to say about Thursday's bigdevelopment.
"He's back in the game," said an excited Bobby Sivills.
"It's good for him, I'm proud of him," cheered XavierThomas.
Sam Hart said, "It's long overdue. Virginia needs something tobe proud about."
Redskins fan Marty Humm told WAVY.com, "He's just going to beterrible. Rusty."
Eagles fan Leon Parker added, "I'm glad he's back working. I'mglad he's back with a team. I'm glad he's on my team. And I thinkhe'll bring something exciting to the whole organization."
"Very, very appreciative that Mike has a chance to redeemhimself in the community. That he'll have a chance with a goodorganization in the Eagles to bring him up to par," said TerrellDucre, adding, "he's got Tony Dungy behind him to give him anopportunity and Andy Reid's not a bad guy to have at the top, sowe're happy. We hope he makes the best of it."
The affection for the 'City of Brotherly Love" was felteverywhere inside the Iggles restaurant in Virginia Beach on Fridaynight.
"I think it's fantastic," said Eagles fan Seth Springer.
The restaurant claims to have the ultimate Philly Cheese Steak,but on Friday the only ingredient anyone wanted to talk about wasthe new one in the Eagles' offense.
"All day long," said Eagles fan Ryan Hatch, "I've heard everycustomer that has come has been asking about it."
"He's a great football player," added Hatch. "It's not going tohurt the Eagles that's for sure."
"I think if he is going to fit he will fit in a city likePhiladelphia," added Springer.
Fans say he is worth the risk.
"We just need to win a Superbowl," added Hatch. "We just needone."
But not everyone is happy about Vick's new gig. TheNorfolk-based animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatmentof Animals (PETA) made the following comment about Vick's NFLreturn:
"PETA and millions of decent football fans around the world aredisappointed that the Eagles decided to sign a guy who hung dogsfrom trees. He electrocuted them with jumper cables and held themunder water," PETA spokesman Dan Shannon told WAVY.com.
At Vick's home in Hampton the house was dark but not emptyThursday night. His best friend since 3rd grade was insidehouse-sitting.
A man named Kevin told WAVY.com that Vick learned he'd beplaying for the Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday night. The closefamily friend said Vick was excited to be back in the NFL and toget his feet wet again.
WAVY.com also spoke with Steve Kast of the Boys and Girls Clubsof the Virginia Peninsula. Kast says, "We are extremely happy thatMichael Vick is getting his second chance and that the Eagles havetaken him on and we're very glad that Tony Dungee has taken apersonal interest in Mike and Mike did a tremendous job for us atthe Boys and Girls Clubs and we just want to move forward withcontinuing to serve our children."
The Eagles went to the playoffs last season under quarterbackDonovan McNabb, and are still looking for their elusive first SuperBowl win.
The team, though, is a surprise landing point for Vick. It wasamong 26 clubs that said there was no interest in Vick, but thatmay have changed when backup Kevin Kolb strained a knee ligamentearlier this week. Kolb's injury isn't serious and he's expected toreturn next week. The Eagles also have veteran A.J. Feeley.
When news of Vick's signing circulated in the press box duringthe first half of the Eagles' preseason opener against New England,even the team's public relations staff seemed surprised.
The Eagles are scheduled to play Vick's formerteam, the Falcons, in Atlanta on December 6.
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