Among professional athletes, honesty is refreshing. For every truthful statement that demonstrates any lack of confidence, any thought beyond next week or any admission of past faults, you’ll hear a million things like “we’d like to have a few of those back,” “we have a big challenge this week,” or “there’s always room for improvement.”
That’s one of the surprising things about Michael Vick, off the field. For all of his transgressions, and there were many even beyond the dog fighting, Vick is a surprisingly honest and introspective athlete. How many quarterbacks will confess that they wonder what might have been?
“You wonder why things happen,” Vick said. “Things certainly happen for a reason, but I just thought about that three or four days ago. If I could have started my career here, where would I be?”
If the league’s hottest quarterback had left it there, everyone would have assumed Vick was only discussing his elevated play on the field. Instead, Vick referenced his personal rock bottom. How many people hit a rock bottom half as bad as Vick’s and are willing to bring it up themselves when they don’t have to?
“Would I have ended up in some of the things that I got involved in?” Vick wondered. “You never know, but hey you can’t say that, you can only think about it and wonder and just appreciate being in this position now.”
Vick said that he thinks his growth as a passer would have come much quicker had he been working with Andy Reid and Marty Mornhinweg all along. Even though Vick claimed Monday that his in-game performance wasn’t as easy as it looked, he actually said his transformation as a passer wasn’t as hard as some would suspect.
“It’s fairly easy,” said Vick. “We’re not changing mechanics, we’re just changing things that help in accuracy. Your balance, having your feet in the proper position, we’re not trying to change the throwing motion or anything like that.”
While Vick will talk about his past, he has no concerns about falling victim to old demons.
“I don’t have to think about going back down the path that I’ve been down, because it’s not going to happen,” Vick said. “I can live my life with a clear mind every day knowing that I’m moving forward. I’m doing things, not only for the best of myself but for my family. Everything is predicated towards them.”
Vick says his family-first approach has made the fruits of his labor more enjoyable. “Yes it does,” he said. “It makes it sweeter this time around.”
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