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