Bradley’s Buzz: All-Vick edition, and he now has a team!

Update! As you’ve doubtless heard, Michael Vick now has a team. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports Vick has signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. It’s a two-year contract, Mortensen says, and it’s about as comfortable a setting as Vick could find: He’s backing up Donovan McNabb, who hosted Vick on a recruiting visit to Syracuse way back when, and who opposed Vick when the Falcons met the Eagles in the NFC title game.

And oh, yes: The Eagles play the Falcons at the Georgia Dome on Dec. 6.

The signing capped a week of frenzied Vick-related activity. He was in Decatur on Saturday, and this week he set off a Twitter-fed furor just by walking through Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

From Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune: “Michael Vick arriving in Chicago had as much to do with him playing for the Bears as LeBron James being in town had to do with James signing with the Bulls in 2010. The Bears were compelled to issue a statement ruling out a Vick possibility once a TMZ video of Vick at O’Hare hit the Internet today and set off a tweeting frenzy.”

According to Mitchell, Vick was in the area to speak at the Liberation Christian Center in Englewood on Wednesday. Also along was Vick’s new companion, Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society. From Mitchell’s story comes this Pacelle quote: “”We spoke with dozens of young people, and Michael shared his story, expressed remorse for his actions, urged the community to stand up to dog fighting, and asked them to help with the campaign.”

The day before, Vick spoke at a basketball camp at Hampton Institute, which is in Vick’s hometown. From the Associated Press report: “The free agent NFL quarterback … told a crowd of about 250 to ‘use me as an example for your dreams.’ Vick also told them that after accomplishing his goals he ‘allowed someone who didn’t have my best interests at heart to take all that away from me,’ according to a release from the school.”

Vick will appear on “60 Minutes” this Sunday. James Brown, who conducted the interview Monday, told the NFL Network’s Total Access on Wednesday that there was “tacit approval” of dogfighting in Vick’s neighborhood while he was growing. And, according to USA Today’s The Huddle, Brown said: “Michael Vick was very resolute. He was very committed and passionate about his efforts to continue educating youngsters, particularly youngsters and young folks in urban areas.”

Esteemed former colleague Len Pasquarelli, now of ESPN.com, believes an NFL team could sign Vick even before Vick appears on “60 Minutes.” (The entire clip of Lenny’s report is below.) And ESPN also reported Wednesday that Carolina coach John Fox did not eliminate his team from the apparently short list of clubs who would consider signing Vick. Said Fox: “You always keep all options open.”

From Sporting News Today comes a list of six teams believed to be interested in Vick’s services. Pittsburgh and New England, as Pasquarelli surmised, are considered the favorites, with Philadelphia, Baltimore, Green Bay and Carolina also named.

And from David Squires, who’s a columnist with the Newport News Daily Press, comes the story I’ve long awaited: One with actual Vick quotes. Squires spent time with Vick last month and came away with these impressions: That Vick is “confident, bordering on arrogant,” but that he’s also “extremely repentant” and “a changed man.”

All these quotations are from Squires’ compelling account:

Vick on dogfighting: “In the back of your mind, you know it’s wrong, but with the money and the ego, sometimes you fool yourself. Your ego gets the best of you.”

Vick on prison: “It made me become a better person. Because of what I went through, it’ll make me smarter about everything else now. Not just football.”

Vick on his physical condition: “The cannon [his arm] will always be there. I’ve just got to keep these [his legs] in shape.”

Vick on his future: “[His first year back in the NFL] will be about getting all the way in shape … The next year will be about being the face of the NFL for the next 10 years.”

416 comments Add your comment

brewdawg

August 13th, 2009
6:48 am

Over/Under on amount of blog posts before yet another Vick blog degenerates into a display of the worst man has to offer? 7.

Rod

August 13th, 2009
7:14 am

ENOUGH ABOUT VICK ALREADY, AJC!!!!

HE DOESN’T PLAY FOR THE FALCONS ANYMORE. MOVE ON!!!!!

FalconUGAFan

August 13th, 2009
7:15 am

The face of the NFL….hmmm…

Brian

August 13th, 2009
7:16 am

Get a life Bradley. We’re tired of hearing about MV already. Don’t you know how to write about anything else? Huh?

How about talking about Falcons’ players, or baseball, or golf, or boxing, or paint drying, or whatever…just get over your MV love!

Redemption

August 13th, 2009
7:16 am

Good luck to you Vick.

dagnabit

August 13th, 2009
7:21 am

The rear end of the NFL maybe….hmmm…

Simple Simons

August 13th, 2009
7:22 am

Keepin it real

Jo Ann

August 13th, 2009
7:24 am

Vick is doing whatever it takes to get signed by a team in the NFL. No one made him torture and kill defenseless animals. A changed man? Im sure he is so very sorry he got caught, but no amount of prison time will ever make him a decent human being. Let him continue his new career with the Humane Society, he might do some good there. He doesnt deserve to be in the NFL.

MiltonDawg

August 13th, 2009
7:26 am

And there you go, if the legs aren’t in shape..there is nothing. Will Jesse Jackson be on 60 MINS as well calling for an investigation into the NFL owners for a “conspiracy theory” for not hiring Vick? Keep Dungy in your corner, not this blowhard idiot whose only making it worse with accusations like this. I agree though, PLEASE some team hire him so we can stop talking about it forever.

Bank Walker, Texas Ranger

August 13th, 2009
7:37 am

There is a new DirecTV station, Vick TV, all Vick all the time. They stole the idea from the AJC.

Jasmine

August 13th, 2009
7:38 am

Judgement is mine says the Lord. I cannot believe how judgemental you people are. How can you say he is not a change man. We all make mistakes and I am THANKFUL that neither of you have a heaven or hell to put me in. Please remember you will be judged by the ultimate judge – God himself about your lack of compassion and forgiveness. Be careful what you wish upon someone else because it can be you the next time.

Ralexa

August 13th, 2009
7:38 am

I love you guys already. Yes, we are sick of him. Does anyone else besides me think this HSUS is all hype? He did this interview to re-enter the NFL and 600,000.
boycott the NFL sponsors.
http://www.petitiononline.com/rifofvic/petition.html

dgroy

August 13th, 2009
7:40 am

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again……”Any NFL Owner that would hire Michael Vick is an idiot”. Why would you want a dog killer and a liar working for you? You know, you AJC writers? need to focus on real sports stories instead of writing lines that are simply intended to try to get people to read your soon to be….late…..newspaper. You could take some lessons from your predecessors, if only they were still alive, to teach you about relevance in sports.

Ralexa

August 13th, 2009
7:40 am

I’m sorry, that didn’t go thru
http://www.petitiononline.com/ridofvic/petition.html
He is only sorry he got caught.

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August 13th, 2009
7:41 am

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Paul A

August 13th, 2009
7:43 am

Here we go with another Mike Vick blog. Those who are haters will still be haters and those think he deserves to play can type till their little fingers fall off.

I’m focusing on the Braves today…. Hey, hey – 5 games in a row and tied with Florida. Only 4.5 games back from Philly. Unfortunately, Pedro Martinez had a helluva game last night. Pray for a swine flu epidemic in Philadelphia.

Mrs. Chanandler Bong

August 13th, 2009
7:43 am

He sounds like the same old Vick. Just one that spent some time in jail for dog fighting.

rhynster

August 13th, 2009
7:44 am

You know what would really stink for Michael Vick?

If he were to blow out his knee during his first season back in the NFL.

real fan

August 13th, 2009
7:46 am

Can you please do some real sports editorials. Im tired of having to go to sources outside of Atlanta for REAL sports journalism.

Janet

August 13th, 2009
7:47 am

HA HA HA we know that he is know longer a falcon player that’s a good thing. When he was playing for the Falcon they did not get him the help that he needed, so all hater need to just get pass this he has did his time and he will be playing in the NFL this year I am so grateful that he will not being playing with the sorry Falcons. What ever team decides to pick Michael Vick you best believe they are Superbowl bound. Hawk, Falcon, Braves and Thrasher are all sorry I would not let my DOG play for them . I am very confidence that Mick Vick is going to show all hater what he is very made of. JUST SIT BACK AN WATCH

QC

August 13th, 2009
7:48 am

BEST WISHES TO YOU MIKE VICK….YOUR LIGHT WILL SHINE AGAIN IN THE NFL..

T-Bone

August 13th, 2009
7:48 am

I know it’ll never happen, but I would still love to see him in a Falcons uni. Can you imagine the most exciting player in Falcons history playing with the best quarterback in Falcons history and under the best coach and GM in Falcons history? And what better feel-good story than having him back on the team, repentant, humble, not drawing attention to himself, just playing football–and wreaking havoc on defenses with his speed and athleticism? Just a thought, Arthur.

DP in NC

August 13th, 2009
7:52 am

The funny thing is all these people complaining about Vick coverage read the article.

dgroy

August 13th, 2009
7:55 am

It’s all about money, folks……he may say he’s contrite but it’s all a cover. He’s lived with this sort of behaviour all his life and he’s not gonna change now, no matter how he tries to make it look.

bernnadette

August 13th, 2009
7:56 am

Here we go let that man alone some people have done worst then he has and what make it so bad i think he was not the only falcon player investing money in the dog fight, but he took the fall for alot of people. mike vick i will keep you in my prayers. they just had a man bet his dog with a hammer is he in prison i think not he say the dog was old so he try to take him out of his misery. you better becareful how you judge.

Top Dogg

August 13th, 2009
7:59 am

Mike Vick and Mike Tyson should get together and make a radio show, call it Mike and Mike in the morning or something.My bad thats been done,well maybe they can talk about old times over a joint or two.

anti - Janet

August 13th, 2009
7:59 am

Janet – feel free to see yourself out of Georgia since you are so obviously not a fan of the sports teams here!!!

Dawg4Life

August 13th, 2009
8:00 am

Jasmine, your God laid out 10 specific rules that people were to live by. Vick broke 2 of them, killing and lying. Get over you religious nonsense that is nothing more than hypocritcal business that has blinded people by thinking they are above everyone else because they mention God. Vick is a pooh stain that is robotically going through the motions to get back into the NFL. He obviously hasn’t learned his lesson because he is hanging out with people called Young Geezy and Dum-Dum, dropping racial slurs and wearing gang-related t-shirts. He deserves to be working a $10/hour construction job. I guarantee that if I got convicted for torturing and killing animals, and running an illegal multi-state gambling ring, my job would laugh at me if I tried to come back.

Keeping It Real

August 13th, 2009
8:02 am

I hope Vick signs with another NFL team and comes back and lights up the Falcons. By the way, why doesn’t the AJC talk more about Slick Rick up in Louisville? He committed adultry while trying to set examples for his players(LOL). I guess it is alright for Pitino to make millions while Vick is continously persecuted for killing dogs even though he offers an apology. Sounds like double standards of morality.

MikeB

August 13th, 2009
8:07 am

Alot of things (good and bad) go on in neighborhoods all over the country. People in those neighborhoods make decisions on each of those things like Vick did (in his neighborhood there was approval for dog fighting).

If you know its wrong (he did) and don’t make the right decision, then compund that bad choice by lying? What you have is a stupid ex convict.

That said he has paid his debt to society and its not for anyone to say what his future will be but him and the people that may hire him. Actions have consiquenses, long after people think they do folks. People got to beleive that for better decision making to occur. The consiquences of Vick’s criminality will hang around his kneck like those show-off chains for the rest of his life. Hope he has really learned something. Hope he is not an O.J. knockoff (I know…. O.J. got away with the first crime, and railroaded with the second lol…) We shall see. Just don’t want to be reading about him 5 yrs from now involved in another poor decision.

Then what are all of his supporters gonna say?

FALCONS SORRY

August 13th, 2009
8:08 am

ALL HATERS! ALL THE HATE THAT YOU ALL HAVE HEAP UPON THIS MAN HAS ONLY MADE HIM STRONGER AND SMARTER! LET ALL THE HATERS HATE AND LET THE MAN MV7 KEEP GETTING STRONGER! ALL THAT VENOM AND HATE YOU ALL THROWED AT HIM HAS JUST BEEN LIKE THAT YELLOW SUN TO SUPPERMAN! THERE AINT NO KRYPTONITE GOING TO SLOW THIS MAN DOWN! NFL TEAMS SCARED TO DEAD OF ALL THE SISSY HATERS WITH PETA THAT MIGHT CALL THEM NAMES OR MAKE THEM LOOK BAD! YOO TOO AJC! PETA HAS TRIED TO TAKE AWAY VICKS WHOLE LIFE AND CAREER! HIS LIFE! AFTER ALL VICK HAS DONE FOR AND GIVEN TO THIS SORRY TOWN AND NOT ONE OF THE HATE MONGERS ON THESE BLOG WOULD PROBABLY EVEN LET THE MAN INTO THEY HOUSE IF HE CAME KNOCKING AND HAD TO USE THE BATH ROOM REAL BAD! HOW MANY ON HERE IN THE SORRY UNGRATEFUL ATL WOULD EVEN BUY A HERO AND LEGENG LIKE HIM DINNER IF HE WAS HUNGRY! HE DONT NEED NO HAND OUTS OR NOTHING FROM NO BODY! NO HE IS COMING BACK STRONGER AND SMARTER! PROBABLY QUICKER TOO! HE WAS THE $130 MILLION DOLLAR MAN! HE IS THE $130 MILLION DOLLAR MAN! HE WILL BE THE $230 MILLION DOLLAR MAN! VICK IS GOING TO SHOCK THE WHOLE WORLD AND MAKE THAT BACK STABBER AUTHUR BLANK CRY IN HIS BAGLE WHEN HIS TEAM GET ELIMINATED FROM PLAY OFF CONTENTION BY WHATEVER TEAM VICK PLAY FOR THAT RUNS RIGHT OVER HIS SORRY FALCONS AND BLOW THE ROOF RIGHT OF THAT DOME! THEN HE WILL BE LAUGHING ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK ON HIS WAY DOWN TO MIAMI! DONT GET SOFT AND KEEP ON KEEPING ON USING THE HATE AS YOUR MOTIVATION MIKE!

Dan

August 13th, 2009
8:08 am

He let someone who didn’t have his best interests at heart take everything away from him????
He still doesn’t get it, (or maybe he does and still thinks people are stupid) HE lost it all, nobody took it, nobody led him down a wrong road, since he was 14 people did what he asked to get in his pockets.
What a fool

Mark Bradley

August 13th, 2009
8:10 am

“The face of the NFL” quote surprised me. But, as Mr. Squires wrote, Vick is not humble in his estimation of his abilities. And that’s indeed the Vick I knew.

QueDawg

August 13th, 2009
8:13 am

It never ceases to amaze me the standards that we hold people to! You people that condemn this man to the bowels of hades really should take a look at yourselves and ask, “Why is it that I can forgive others but not this man?” We do not have to forget but lets forgive! Damn!

midnite

August 13th, 2009
8:13 am

What a joke! Mike Vick would do better to keep his mouth shut. The pride and arrogance of this guy is unbelievable. Learn some humility and stop with the lies, then maybe decent and right thinking people might believe what you say. What good is a “cannon” if it can’t be controlled? “Face of the NFL” maybe used to be, but never again. Parole violation within the next year, just watch and see.

a texan

August 13th, 2009
8:16 am

FALCONS LOSER, GET OFF THAT DAMN LIBRARY COMPUTER. SOMEBODY ELSE WANTS TO USE IT.

ThaMan

August 13th, 2009
8:16 am

Jasmine – why are YOU judging these posters?

Terrell

August 13th, 2009
8:17 am

dgroy ,

I guess you’re the expert on human behavior. You have no idea but I guess you don’t care. Not everybody is a Brett Farve in which they cover up their lives, but MV might just be trying to do something better. You can’t stand it but that’s ok. I’m just mad at the posters that try to equate dog killing to humans being killed. Once again another example of “Americans” and our twisted values.

ignition

August 13th, 2009
8:19 am

I could care less about a dog. I SO Tired of hearing about defenseless animals.. Especially when actual people are hurting ALL around the city of Atlanta never the less the world… Vick could have shot 80 dogs on National TV with a grin and I would have cared less.. F A DOG !!!!!!!!!

TJ

August 13th, 2009
8:20 am

Hey Mr. Bradley was that a “Freudian slip” you had by referring to the AP as the ASS-SOCIATED Press? Just wondering. Keep up the good work.

Terrell

August 13th, 2009
8:20 am

midnite,

The more you type, the more racists you sound.” Parole violation within the next year, just watch and see.” You Serious? That’s really messed up considering that the whole case was blow up to be bigger than it actually is. If anything the chances of you being unemployed are far greater than him violating his parole.

PETA Watcher

August 13th, 2009
8:20 am

While PETA is watching Vick, who is watching PETA?

http://www.petakillsanimals.com/

ThaMan

August 13th, 2009
8:21 am

100 to 1 odds that Falcons Sorry is black.

NCFalconFan

August 13th, 2009
8:21 am

Bradley, have you tried to get an interview w/him? Don’t listen to these morons on this page. This is one of the hottest NFL stories out there, you would not be doing your job not covering it.

QueDawg

August 13th, 2009
8:22 am

Midnite – You have to understand one thing. This guy has talent and believes in his talent. He is posting for a job so why would he think he would not be arrogant? Would YOU go into an interview and say, “I could not do this job but I will try!”

Me Me

August 13th, 2009
8:23 am

I pray for every person that have talked bad about Michael Vick. God is a merciful and kind God. We all have made great mistakes in life. Shame on all you that would pretend that you have never caused others hurt and pain. Look at yourself now just holding on to unforgivenss. But when you look at it Michael Vick is going to be just fine. It s you, self righteous that is living with unforgiveness. You all need to get to an alter and pray for forgiveness. What if Mike Vick was your child would you want other to show some compassion. Think about what you are doing even when you put bad mouth on others. What kind of heart do you have. Killing a human being with your tongue. Take the high road and pray for Michael Vick and others that are not as perfect as you.
I Pray for you, Me Me

map09

August 13th, 2009
8:23 am

The ajc loves Michael Vick just like you other haters on this blog site..thats why the news in Atlanta is always going to be about Michael Vick because he put the Falcons on the map…so you can look for him to be the face of the ajc for a long time….so sorry for you haters…smile

QueDawg

August 13th, 2009
8:24 am

HERE WE GO! ThaMan had to go there, now all the meainingful blogs are out the window! Does it matter ThaMan?

QueDawg

August 13th, 2009
8:27 am

Thanks MeMe! I wish people would adhere to your advice and words. They are always casting that stone without checking themselves first!

drsoul

August 13th, 2009
8:28 am

It is pretty obvious that all of the peopleon here, who are so judgemental and unforgiving of a person who has served his time, such as Vick, have a lot of personal insecurity and a lot of things to hide behind and within themselves, and use their attacks to defer their own inadequate existence to someone else…
they do not realize how transparent they are in doing so…