Eagles head coach Andy Reid said the image Michael Vick is portraying is not an act, like some have speculated. The head coach believes Vick is truly a changed man, citing his work with charities.
“There can be an acting part to an image and I don’t think you’re seeing any acting here,” Reid said. “This is what he’s decided to do. He’s been doing things in the community just about every Tuesday, his day off. And any other time that he can get off to do charity work, he’s been doing so.
“He understands that he made a huge mistake and the only way that you can right that wrong is by giving it back now and changing and helping others not make the same mistakes. That’s where he’s at mentally and he’s very humble about it. He’s seen the highs and he’s seen the lows, so he’s very humble about this whole thing.”
After the jump, Michael Vick explains the true turning point in his life.
Vick spent his day off yesterday in New Haven, Conn., speaking to kids at two area schools about the dangers and immorality of dogfighting. A Sports Illustrated issue hit newsstands today with Vick on the cover and the story detailed Vick’s phone call to Andy Reid the night of a shooting outside his birthday party this summer.
“Listen, I’m obviously not going to get into what we talked about,” Reid said. “But the one thing that I was proud of him for was that he made the call. I thought that was an important step and I appreciated the trust that he had there in doing that.
“And he didn’t put me in a position where I was hearing it second hand or anything else. And the other thing was what he told me was exactly what the police said and those are things that build a trust between two people. And honesty is an important thing.”
Vick cites that night as the cause of a lot of change in his life and a time when he realized he hadn’t changed enough after getting out of jail.
“That was a turning point in my life when I realized that I just had to get things in order and get my priorities in line—and that’s what happened,” Vick said. “That was the point where I said ‘okay, I get it now. Let’s do this the right way.’”
Reid also said he has not yet discussed Vick’s contract situation with him, but that it will come up in the future.
“There will be a time and place when that needs to be addressed and we’ll address it,” Reid said. “It’s a crazy deal with the Collective Bargaining Agreement and so on. We really haven’t done anything with anybody. It’s just a different year.”
The Eagles quarterback leads the NFL in passer rating at 108.7 and has completed 63 percent of his passes for 1,608 yards, 11 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. Vick has also run for 375 yards and 5 touchdowns.
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