Vick vs. McNabb A Reality
By Lance Epstein
Last year, Donovan McNabb pleaded with head coach Andy Reid to bring in Michael Vick aboard. Now Vick cannot believe he is going to have to go up against his mentor.
On Wednesday, Vick discussed with the media that he was thankful for McNabb being so instrumental in bring him to Philadelphia. Also, he cherishes that the Eagles fans have embraced him after the mistakes he has made in his life.
Additionally, Vick believes everyone involved in the McNabb saga is surprised to see Vick is squaring off against McNabb in week four of the NFL season. Still, he doesn’t feel as though it is Vick vs. McNabb, but it is the Philadelphia Eagles versus the Washington Redskins.
Furthermore, Vick understands that the media is building it up to be that. All he can say is that he is appreciative for the opportunity he had to play with McNabb and for his advice.
Here are some of Vick press conference quotes:
On imagining that he and McNabb go head-to-head after McNabb brought him in to Philly:
"We all never imagined that it would come to this. The Lord works in mysterious ways and we all know that this is a business and, at any given moment, you can be traded or you can be released. It just depends on how things are going. It's not surprising to us at all."
On McNabb's role in bringing him to Philly:
"I'm not about to recap as far as everything that happened. Donovan was very instrumental in bringing me here. He put in a good word for me and it happened. I was thankful for it and they gave me an opportunity when nobody believed in me and he was a part of that. I'll never forget that."
On having talked to McNabb this week:
"No, we haven't spoken."
On planning on speaking to him:
"Yeah, we'll probably speak."
On what the conversation will be about:
"I don't know. I can't tell. I can't really say how the conversation is going to go. It just depends on what mood we're in."
On playing with McNabb in Philadelphia:
"It was great playing with Donovan. I mean, every day at that locker, every day I came in to work I knew I was going to get a good laugh, every day. Sometimes four or five times a day. He's a type of guy, you know, you can be in a bad mood or things not going so well at home and he'll give you good advice. He's a very responsible person. He's an overall professional. I had a great time with him. I enjoyed last year and I always enjoyed my time with him when we would sit and relax at our own leisure. He's just a great guy, overall."
On the fan reaction to McNabb on Sunday:
"I hope it's a positive reaction. I hope it's a great reaction and maybe a standing ovation. I think that will be great. Donovan sacrificed a lot for this organization and took them to the playoffs plenty of times and made an appearance in the Super Bowl. He put in his work."
On the game being built up as Vick versus McNabb:
"Not at all. It's not me against Donovan. Not at all. And it's not me against the Redskins. It's the Philadelphia Eagles. It's the Philadelphia Eagles against the Redskins and that's how you have to approach it. You can't get caught up in everything that's going on because we have no personal vendetta against each other. It's a divisional game and it's going to be rough and it's going to be tough and I'm pretty sure they're feeling the same way."
On Philadelphia and the fans embracing him one year later:
"It's all I can hope for. It's been great. I've enjoyed the whole experience being here in Philadelphia. It's been great since day one. I'm just going to continue to cherish every moment and continue to try to make the fans proud."
On where he is now in his career and life:
"I feel good about where I am right now in my life and in football. Like I always say, life is always a work in progress and things happen in phases and stages. You just have to adjust and roll with the punches. Just be positive and always be conscious of what you're doing and that's how I try to live my life."
On if he could ever imagine playing better than what he did in Atlanta:
"I always knew I could play better than what I did. All I had to do was work at it and get in the right system and just play my game. Play efficiently and be smart with the football and just be given the opportunity. I always knew I could do it."
On treating the game like a normal game:
"I mean, it's not difficult but, obviously, it's just another game for us. It's a big game because it's a divisional game and we have to go out and get a win. The most important thing is getting win number three for us. We know Washington is always going to be a tough opponent and we just have to go out there and put things together and make it all work."
On it being tougher now or when he was drafted as the first overall pick:
"I've been under pressure my whole life. My whole life, there's always been pressure. You know, pressure to take care of my family and a lot of other things. This is football. There is pressure, but you also have to make fun of it and make light of the whole situation. That's what I try to do. There's always going to be pressure. That's the great part about this game because it brings the best out of you."