Atlanta Falcons: Vick shares downfall at Rookie Symposium

BIRDLAND – Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick shared his powerful story about his fall from grace at the NFL’s Rookie

Former Falcons QB Michael Vick talks with Falcons owner Arthur Blank prior to the Falcons playing the Philadelphia Eagles at the Georgia Dome Sunday, December 6th, 2009. It was Vick's first time back at the Georgia Dome since his conviction on dogfighting charges. Kent D. Johnson, kdjohnson@ajc.com

Former Falcons QB Michael Vick talks with Falcons owner Arthur Blank prior to the Falcons playing the Philadelphia Eagles at the Georgia Dome Sunday, December 6th, 2009. It was Vick's first time back at the Georgia Dome since his conviction on dogfighting charges. Kent D. Johnson, kdjohnson@ajc.com

Symposium on Monday in Aurora, Ohio.

I don’t have to rehash it all for you all since we went through that nightmarish downward spiral in excruciating detail together.

He pointed out that things really hit home for him on draft day, when the Falcons selected Matt Ryan to be his replacement.

Jeff Darlington of NFL.com reported on the speech.

And then there was this: It was the day the Atlanta Falcons would draft quarterback Matt Ryan to replace him.

“I remember it vividly,” Vick told a roomful of rookies at the NFL’s Rookie Symposium on Monday. “Can you imagine what that was like? My heart is in football. I love football. I love the game. It’s what I was born to do.”

But then, on an April day during which he was already emotionally gassed, he watched as the NFL left him behind because of his severe transgressions.

Vick’s seminar was entitled “Are You Bigger Than the Game?” Vick’s story served as a resounding answer to that question.

Vick talked about missing his mother’s 45th birthday and the anniversary of his grandmother’s death. He also warned the incoming rookies – including the Falcons’ contingent of six — that having too many “yes men” could lead to trouble. He also touched on his lack of commitment to the game and how he’d fly home – presumably to check on the dogs – instead of working on the Falcons’ upcoming game plan.

Here’s a copy of the article. CLICK HERE.

Nothing new here, but sharing his story may help some rookie realize that he’s not bigger than the game.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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Crickets.....

June 26th, 2012
5:23 pm

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Thrashers Fan

June 26th, 2012
5:27 pm

So happy we dont have to deal with Vick anymore!

MATTY ICE FTW!

SeenThisB4

June 26th, 2012
5:56 pm

Yawn. Does Atlanta still have MV fans?

RobbE33

June 26th, 2012
6:14 pm

What did he think would happen? I’m happy that Vick’s gained a little humility. The Falcon fans wish him luck but we’ve moved on as well.

RobbE33

June 26th, 2012
6:18 pm

What did he think would happen? A little humility is good for him. The fans wish him luck but we’ve moved on as well.

not again

June 26th, 2012
6:36 pm

I wish they would stop linking the Atlanta Falcons and YKW.

Son Of Bart

June 26th, 2012
6:48 pm

Is it humanly possible to let this ancient history go? Enough…

Earl

June 26th, 2012
6:51 pm

Vick stories should appear in the Philly papers, not Atlanta. Let’s get on with the team we have now and have had for the last few years.

I think the fans are over it but apparently, some writers are not.

Just to show you, was there anyone else at the symposium? Or was Vick the only one who spoke?

After all, if you think we are interested in a Eagles QB, then we surely want to hear what all the other players there had to say.

Earl

June 26th, 2012
6:53 pm

Obviously my comments were not worthy of being posted, since it was somewhat critical. Post the article in the Philly paper, not Atlanta.

Corey's Peter

June 26th, 2012
7:15 pm

He’s forgiven and I wish him the best.

Matt Ryan is our QB now so…GO BIRDS!

Falconidiot

June 26th, 2012
8:38 pm

No one hated him for what he did more than me, but this is the kinds of things he should be doing. So maybe there is hope for Vick.

D man

June 26th, 2012
9:35 pm

It was tough to forgive him and I do wish him the best unless he is playing the Falcons. :)

zgoldatl

June 26th, 2012
9:59 pm

Well said Coreys. I will always be a vick fan but a Falcons fan first. I’m a big believer in second chances and I’m glad Mr. Vick got one. He really has turned his life around. Very impressed with his willingness to share his story as a cautionary tale for future players. I wish him nothing but the best and will root for him anytime they aren’t playing the Falcons.

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This Gets Old

June 26th, 2012
10:13 pm

Why do you keep associating him with the Atlanta Falcons? His fans are smart enough to go to the sites that should, and do cover the Philadelphia Eagles. Will you let it go already?

E-Roll

June 26th, 2012
10:23 pm

I am glad as a man that Mike does realize the faults of his past and SeenThis B4 unfortunately the city of Atlanta does have fans of MV7 that think that he was above the team and that we should have waited until he was out of prison and continued with him as our quarterback.As a person that still has Mike’s bobble-head on my mantle I know that we as a team had to move on without him because of HIS actions but some of these brainwashed MV7 fans will not let that go. Also before I hear about how many playoff wins old “noodle arm” has won MV7 fans please tell me how many he has won since he has been in Philly?

titejumpa

June 26th, 2012
10:26 pm

Matt Ryan can’t. Hold MV7s jock strap! He is nowhere near the player Vick is.

GradyBABTinATL

June 26th, 2012
10:38 pm

I totally agree with “This Gets Old”, Corey Peters”, “Earl”, “Son of Bart.”, “Not Again”, “RobE33″ and whom ever else. I’m a Falcon Fan NOT a Vick Fan anymore.. Let it go!…. Plz don’t discuss him. Its like an ugly divorce,,,MOST Falcons Fans are over it…IF they are Falcons Fans!!!!! I wish him well. Lets hear more of the new OC & DC strategy this upcoming season. And. better OL & DL!!!!

Quack Quack

June 26th, 2012
10:50 pm

I agree with all here. ENOUGH!! He is an Eagle now. Keep him there, and let us get on winning with Matt, a true gentleman.

GO FALCONS!!!

Not a Falcons Fan

June 26th, 2012
10:59 pm

Mike Vick has moved on ad well. As for Matt Ryan, he may be a true Southern Gentleman but where is his championship especially since the City of Atlanta has declared he can walk on water!!!! As for MV, he’s simply trying to teach young rookies what not to do! This is bigger than football people!

How bout them BEES!

June 26th, 2012
11:08 pm

Michael WHO?

Ron Mexico

June 26th, 2012
11:18 pm

outonleave

June 26th, 2012
11:33 pm

Yes, SeenThisB4, Atlanta does still have Vick fans. We’re the Christians who believe in forgiveness and redemption. Google “the Bible” and then those words. You might learn something.

Brian

June 26th, 2012
11:36 pm

The last Michael I knew that was dedicated to the game his last name was Strahan. I still see lost hope for Vick. I am a huge Falcon fan but why are we still talking about Vick? We praise Vick for what he is doing now but wanna trash Smith and Ryan for what they are doing. Ryan is a much better qb than Vick and Smith is a much better coach than Mora Jr. Petrino was a joke and he is more of a joke today. Can we move on Atlanta?

Brian

June 26th, 2012
11:45 pm

why are my comments not getting posted?

Brian

June 26th, 2012
11:46 pm

I said that vick would still do it now if he could get away with it but you all wanna praise him. Mora sucks. Petrino was a joke and still is.

Brian

June 26th, 2012
11:47 pm

Vick as a joke just like petrino

Brian

June 26th, 2012
11:49 pm

Petrino was a joke and more of a joke today. He is a piece of chit just like Vick

Brian

June 26th, 2012
11:51 pm

Birdtown could be eagle territory too. You all see what led better is doing? He is still stuck in la la land. He wants to criticize Smith and Ryan but he still posts Vick crap. Move ON

Brian

June 26th, 2012
11:52 pm

I said a lot more but obviously he does not want you all to see it cause its the truth

Brian

June 26th, 2012
11:53 pm

Petrino was a joke and more of one now

Brian

June 26th, 2012
11:53 pm

Smith is a lot better coach than Mora Jr.

Brian

June 26th, 2012
11:55 pm

Vick beat Green Bay in playoffs whoop de do. Ryan is a much better qb. All Philly had last year was excuses

Brian

June 26th, 2012
11:58 pm

Ryan is a MUCH better overall qb. Vick would do it again if he could get away with it. He is under the microscope now. He knows he has to do right. Lets change his name from Mike to Marcus. They both are semi-retarted.

Brian

June 27th, 2012
12:02 am

Guess V I C K is not allowed to be typed but a whole article was written on him. Typical

Brian

June 27th, 2012
12:09 am

The best thing about Ledbetter was Yellow Ledbetter and that was a Pearl Jam song. :-) Lets not write any more articles about thugs that are cowards and wanna fight dogs. Man up Atl

Brian

June 27th, 2012
12:22 am

Dexman

June 27th, 2012
12:38 am

Wonder if any of the previous posters went to the Falcons opener last year – if so they would have seen Vick jerseys outnumber Ryan’s 10 to 1 – at least. Keep on hating, he’s paid his dues, he’s a better man for it.

to real

June 27th, 2012
12:40 am

The georgia dome will always be home for vick just like it is for deion sanders but its matt ryan hause now and he has to bring a super bowl victory here lets go FALCONS

Shutup Brian

June 27th, 2012
12:54 am

Brian, stfu. Thanks

Brian

June 27th, 2012
12:57 am

:) Thugs are alive in the Atl. Thought you were out looking for a dog

Brian

June 27th, 2012
12:59 am

cant wait for music midtown :) Eddie please play Yellow Ledbetter

Chuck Clausen

June 27th, 2012
1:01 am

I’m a Mike Vick fan, he came to the Falcons when we had a weak coach. I loved his skill and his physical courage.

Brian

June 27th, 2012
1:01 am

We had Mookie Blaylock and now we have a yellow ledbetter. Its all making sense lol

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Ted Striker

June 27th, 2012
1:47 am

Nice article, D-Led. Thanks.

And I’m behind MV 100%. Dude got his act together. I support 2nd chances.

FAILCANTS can't let go of MV

June 27th, 2012
6:40 am

This is why they will never win a SB and the Saints will always own them…FAILCANTS always looking back, never looking forward….joke of a franchise and the league….

Falcon James

June 27th, 2012
6:44 am

This was a very sad time in the life of every Falcon fan. I think we have done a great job of putting this behind us. I am glad that Vick learned from his mistakes. What sets him apart in my eyes is that he admitted what he did. I wonder if any Saint player or coach will have the same set of nads that Vick had and admit that what they did was wrong as well? I tend to doubt it since Saint fan, player, and coach rank just above whale turd and just below injury attorney on the character scale.

Falcon James

June 27th, 2012
6:45 am

Go in peace MV. Catch you on the down low.

Falcon James

June 27th, 2012
6:50 am

They is one thing that set him aside and earn him some respect aside from the fact that he did federal time for his mistake. He admitted to it and apologized for it. He is was dumb kid who made a mistake and he paid for it. I am proud of him. I doubt any Saint player or coach will do the same since they rank somewhere between injury lawyer and whale turd on the character scale.