Birdland – Michael Vick went on NFL Network’s NFL Total Access show Wednesday and basically admitted to costing the Falcons a shot at
winning the Super Bowl during his ill-fated tenure.
Vick talked about his poor study habits and concluded that he probably would have a Super Bowl ring if he started studying back in the day before he went to jail on federal dog fighting charges.
The Falcons are one of the 14 teams that have never won the Super Bowl.
Vick is promoting a biography that will be released on Sept. 4. Tony Dungy wrote the foreword.
(ASIDE: He talks about how he knew more about breeding dogs than the playbook. If I remember correctly, the court documents detailed how Vick’s dogs lost most of their fights. The dog experts noted that he would buy “cheap” and then try to coach up his dogs. His dogs had a “losing” record.)
Here are the highlights of the interview:
On how good he would be right now if he would have had his current habits earlier in his career: “The sky is the limit. I probably would have already had a ring on my finger, but that’s easy to say. With any team you still have to have 11 guys on offense, defense and special teams that can put it all together. But I would have made a better contribution. I just give thanks now that I’m an even better quarterback and I give a lot of credit to my coaches for that.”
On his comments that he would have probably already had a Super Bowl ring if he worked as hard earlier in his career as he does now: “Yeah, maybe so. That’s just me hypothetically speaking. I know how to work hard, I know I would have been better. Maybe if I would have put more time and effort into my craft then I could have done some things differently. But like I said, it still takes a total team effort to win football games and I understand that.”
On if it ever crossed his mind that he kept doing something he knew was wrong because he wanted to get caught so he could stop doing it: “No, it never crossed my mind. I always thought about what would happen or what could happen, but until it finally happens, then you start to think about the consequences behind it. I just wanted to get away from it all at some point, but the moment I started to turn the corner it was too late. So I’m just thankful that I got another opportunity to do it all over again and do it the right way because it would have been tough on me mentally and emotionally if I would have never gotten an opportunity to do it again.”
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog