Before leading the Philadelphia Eagles “dream team” into the 2011 NFL season, Michael Vick spoke out in a GQ feature by Will Leitch.
Here’s what we learned:
- He didn’t want to come to Philly, but Roger Goodell and other execs eventually “convinced” him to turn down a starting job with Cincinnati or Buffalo to be a third-stringer with Eagles.
- He has “at least seven” PR people working for him.
- On the media’s penchant for bringing up dog fighting: “They are writing as if everyone feels that way and has the same opinions they do. But when I go out in public, it’s all positive, so that’s obviously not true.”
- He says the Falcons revolving door of coaches was what prevented him from becoming elite in Atlanta, not his off-the-field actions.
- He says socio-cultural differences account for the outrage around his conviction: “Yeah, you got the family dog and the white picket fence, and you just think that’s all there is. Some of us had to grow up in poverty-stricken urban neighborhoods, and we just had to adapt to our environment. I know that it’s wrong. But people act like it’s some crazy thing they never heard of. They don’t know.”
- He had “turned the corner” in his life before being arrested.
- He misses having a family dog.