Mike Vick gets real in talk to NFL rookies

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Mike Vick's advice to rookies: Stay out of trouble.

Eagles quarterback Mike Vick played an important role in letting the newest members to the NFL fraternity know about what an incredible opportunity they have in a session called “Are You Bigger Than the Game?” at the Rookie Symposium on Monday.

Vick was very open about the realities he faced due to poor decision making that nearly ended his career. He knows that he got what he deserved. Per NFL.com, Vick told the young players

I’m a firm believer in God, and I believe in karma. If you do so much, if you cross so many people, if you don’t appreciate what God gave you and the position that you’re in, he’ll take that away from you. And he took it away from me.

As I sat in a prison cell, I understood why I was in there. That’s bad. You don’t want to end up that way. True story: I could see it all coming. I could see it happening. I thought about it. I asked myself, ‘Should I stop doing what I was doing?’ And I didn’t stop. That’s having no discipline.

In his talk, Vick was open about taking his opportunity in the NFL for granted, choosing to fly home to Virginia every week rather than putting in time in the film room each week on days off.

Vick’s experience taught him a tough lesson about being surrounded by the wrong people. He is actually thankful that his time in prison provided him the necessary break from toxic individuals he ran with.

 The best thing for me to do was going to prison, being able to separate myself. I wasn’t strong enough to get away from them. I wasn’t strong enough to say, ‘We’re not going this direction. I ain’t living like this no more. We can’t condone this type of activity.’ I wasn’t strong enough. I needed the legal system to say, ‘You all can’t be around each other anymore.’ That’s the situation I created.

In finding more positive people to be around, Vick spoke highly of mentor Tony Dungy and Eagles head coach Andy Reid (who Vick referred to as one of his “best friends”).

Another tangible lesson Vick gave to the rookies? Don’t lie to Roger Goodell. Just don’t.

The full account of Vick’s talk can be found here and is worth the read.

There are many who still believe that there is nothing Mike Vick can do to redeem himself. They are not willing to forgive and that is their choice. To them, Vick shouldn’t have been allowed back in the NFL at alland shouldn’t have any way to make a living. These individuals will say that Vick said these remarks simply for PR purposes.

Well, that’s a heck of a PR firm.

Mike Vick is a man who was forced to confront his shortcomings and his crimes. It was a situation that gave him little choice but to take a hard look at himself and acknowledge his carelessness, immaturity and criminal behavior. Vick knows that the second chance he has received is extraordinary. And he knows it won’t soon happen again for other young men should they find themselves in serious trouble.

So here’s hoping the NFL’s 2012 rookie class takes the easy path and take full advantage of the gift they’ve been given and stay out of trouble. Alright, alright–serious trouble, at least.

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8 Responses to “Mike Vick gets real in talk to NFL rookies”


  • I’m not just saying this because I’m a die HARD Eagle,but my QB is blessed,& I think he realizes it,now.Alot of people don’t ever realize it.”It” meaning,what we have now.Were all blessed with something.Embrace it,be the best you can,and definitely not least of all,pass “it”on….

    • Absolutely, Stacy. Unfortunately, most of us don’t truly grow and learn the lessons God wants us to learn until put into the most challenging of circumstances. Vick knows he wouldn’t have grown unless he spent time in jail, and he knows how ridiculously unlikely it is for him to have gotten a second chance in the league, not least a 2nd 100 million dollar contract. He will never take all of this for granted again.

  • To those who still harbor bad feelings for Vick, I say to bad! and shame on you. If you lack the capacity to forgive, then what do you expect the Man in Heaven to do when it is time for you to meet your Maker and atone for your sins and short comings? I am not overly religious, however, I do believe in God and in second chances if that person is truly remorseful for their sins/errors in judgement. Vick seems genuinely sincere and with that I can’t help but give him the benefit of a doubt. The man did wrong admitted it and who cares how he was forced to admit it, in the end, he DID admit it and that takes a lot of courage. He has rebounded, how else can you explain how he was able to get back into the NFL and make $100 Million…it had to be a blessing from God and if he was able to get that blessing(Vick), how can you not believe that he isn’t repentent? if after all he has been through and came out on top again and you common folks still can’t forgive and believe him…well, I feel sorry for you, you are just harcore cynical people who don’t believein anything or anybody but yourselves, you are selfish!

    • Thanks so much for stopping by and for your comment. I understand that what Vick did was vile. But should he be discarded forever and never be given a chance again? What more can he do to prove that he is remorseful? Vick has a platform and a huge audience, and he is using it to try to get people to learn from his mistakes. No one can undo the past. Given that reality, I think Vick is doing a heck of a job in being honest about where he was, why he had to change, and where he is now. I hope people are listening.

  • Mike Vick continues to actively demonstrate he wishes to make the most of his second chance. Whether or not you agree he should have been extended one in the first place, it is very difficult to make the case for not allowing him to try to be a better person than he previously was. We should all make that attempt each and every day…to better ourselves.

    • So true, Bruce. It’s a lesson much bigger than Vick and a challenge we can all take on: How can we continually work to be better people? I can’t knock anyone trying to getter themselves.

  • African Queen Bee

    Michael Vicks has paid the price for bad decisions and the company that was no good for him. The NFL has forgiven him and God has forgiven him and he has learned from it. Everyone deserves a second chance and his going out and being able to talk about it indeed takes a lot of courage to admit a wrong and be able to own up to it. Let it go and let GOD!!! Vicks is not the first to make thebad choice of dog fighting. He just got caught!! Out of ALL of the dog fighting clubs that are out there YOU have not heard a sound of about anybody else getting caught!! Go figure!!!!

    • So true–dog fighting is still happening, and that’s why having a high-profile person speaking out against if is so important. Vick’s crimes were awful and were dealt with as they should have been–by the legal system. He is now an upstanding, productive member of society. Isn’t that supposed to be the goal of rehabilitation?

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