Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, who missed two seasons after being jailed on charges of running an illegal dogfighting operation, is through talking publicly about his past.
Vick recent wrote his autobiography, “Finally Free,” in which he details his involvement with dogfighting and his opinions on why he became caught up in the illegal activity.
But he says people will have to pick up the book to find out his thoughts on the matter.
“I had say so over when the book came out and I chose to release it before the season started because I, over the last three years, have still had the tendency to still get the same questions over and over again, late into the season,” Vick told WIP in a radio interview, courtesy of Sportsradiointerviews.com. “I released the book in September because I’m never answering these questions again. If I’m in the locker room and somebody asks me about my past, I’m just going to say, ‘I wrote about it.’ I never have to speak upon it again, ever, because I don’t want any distractions this year. I want this team to have a clear mindset.”
Vick told hosts Michael Barkann and Ike Reese, a former Eagles’ linebacker, that he has great confidence in this year’s team. That’s why he said in a recent interview that he thinks the Eagles can become a dynasty, even though the team hasn’t won a single Super Bowl title.
“I think just looking at our team in the offseason and what we’ve been able to accomplish and what our organization has been able to establish for us as players, we all look around and see the talent that we have and understand what we can do,” Vick said. “At the end of the day, we know it’s going to be hard work. It’s not going to be easy. Nothing’s going to be given to us ... Go down our roster and look at all the players. Look at the Pro Bowlers that we have. Look at the players who have NFL experience who have played in a substantial amount of games … and tell me we don’t have the opportunity to put a dynasty together. When you think about the dynasties, the great teams in the past, they were all built and they were all put together … but it takes time. … I know this is the best talent I’ve ever been around in my life and I’m going to take advantage of it.”
Vick defended himself against critics who said he used the word “dynasty” too soon.
“The thing is, I didn’t say we were going to go win a championship. I said we have the potential to build a dynasty, and building a dynasty entails winning a championship. That’s talking. I understand our fans expect us to come out and speak upon ourselves as being the best. … That’s the media just trying to create a negative vibe. We know that and we understand that. We looked past that. It’s bigger than that.”