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Michael Vick. An incredible, once-in-a-generation athlete. A top-tier NFL quarterback. The undisputed face of the Philadelphia Eagles franchise, and so much more.michael vick

If you’re reading this, you know his story of rags to riches to rags (and bars) and back to riches…and perhaps to redemption in the eyes of most fans. You probably already have a strong opinion about Michael Vick: the football player, the man, and what he represents. 

I spoke to Michael Friday morning, just 10 or so hours after the Eagles defeated the New York Jets 24-14 to conclude their preseason schedule on a winning note. You didn’t watch it? That’s okay; Vick and most of the starters didn’t play.

So, what would we talk about?

Matt:   Thanks for your time, Michael. How are you feeling?

Michael: Okay. Good to get the night off and rest up for the opener.

Matt:   So, you all set for the season opener on September 11?

Michael: Yeah, who we playing again?

Matt:   The Rams, in St. Louis—

Michael: Come on, dude; I’m kidding you.

Matt:   But would the old Mike Vick know who you were playing?

Michael: It depends. I’ve spoken about my lack of work ethic in some of my Atlanta years. I didn’t do a lot of film study, but most the time I knew who we were playing.

Matt:   Most the time?

Michael: Yeah. So let’s talk about this team right here.

Matt:   Okay, are you guys really the Dream Team

Michael: My backup, Vince Young, said that. If we win the Super Bowl, I guess we are. Otherwise, we have to dream on.

Matt:   Great point. You’re probably aware that the Philly fans have been dreaming on about an NFL championship since 1960. Is this the year we can stop dreaming and start experiencing?

Michael: If I stay healthy, look out. But I ain’t creating no headlines with you.

Matt:  Thanks. I think. What needs to happen for you to stay healthy? Are you going to play a more conservative style? Not take on safeties who pick off passes, take a knee once in awhile, run out of bounds here and there?

Michael: I’m not gonna change who I am. I just prefer not to get blindsided in the pocket.

Matt:  Can your O line do the job and keep you reasonably upright? Are they good and experienced enough?

Michael: We’ll see. There are some young guys there, but, you know, I literally have eyes in the back of my head and I can still outrun just about anyone on the field.

Matt:  And, at least you have a lot of weapons you can turn to here.

Michael: Yeah, we’re loaded. J-Mac, D-Jax, Brent, Jason, Steve and Riley and Shady; that’s just some of them.

Matt:  What about DeSean? Should the Eagles be paying him?

Michael: Last I checked, they’re paying him.

Matt:  Not paying him, PAYING him…did I say that right?

Michael: I know what you mean. Yeah they have to pay him a lot more, but I don’t want to get into all that. Okay, yeah, I need DeSean paid and with his head fully into the game. Pay the man; just don’t pay him more than you pay me.

Matt: By the way, congrats on your new 6 year, $100 million contract. Not bad, right?

Michael: Looks good on paper, but do you know what I’ll see of that new contract?

Matt:   Not sure, really. Tell us.

Michael: Okay. First of all, not all of it is guaranteed. But let’s say I play six years and get my 100 mil. I have to pay Uncle Sam a whole chunk. Then I have lawyers, accountants and 25 PR people to pay. Then, Roger Goodell gets his piece—

Matt:  Whoa, the commish gets a piece of your contract. That’s really, um…

Michael:  F*cked up?

Matt: Um, yeah.

Michael: Yeah, but he’s a bad man, so I give him a cut. That was the agreement when he told me to come to Philly. Then there’s my list of creditors.

Matt:   How many people and companies are on that list?

Michael:  You remember how many players we had in Lehigh before the first cuts?

Matt:   Quite a few. I think they were using three-digit numbers for some of the linemen.

Michael:  Yeah, well I have more creditors than that.

Matt: Damn. But you’ll still be left with a few million a year, right?

Michael:  We’ll see. The way I figure it, after I get paid my $300,000 a year allowance, I barely have enough money to, to, to…

Matt: To do what?

Michael: Na, it’s too emotional.

Matt: That’s okay. Just spit it out, man.

Michael:  (sobbing) ...to buy a little puppy for my kids.

Matt:  But, Michael, I didn’t think you were even allowed to have another dog. And do you think it’s a good idea—

Michael: Hold on, I’m getting a text. Be right back with you.

Matt:  As I was saying…

Michael:  Listen, PR guy # 22 says that if you keep blitzing me about dog fighting, that this interview is over. You got that?

Matt: Sure, Michael. I didn’t think I was blitzing you, but okay. So, what do you think you still need to improve upon to be the best quarterback you can be?

Michael: I’m improving every day. I can always get better, but I don’t have any weaknesses.

Matt: Some would say that you have trouble reading blitzes.

Michael:  See, these questions piss me off. I can say that, right? Hold on…um yeah, that’s all right. The old Mike Vick didn’t worry about blitzes because he just outran everyone on the field. The new Mike Vick can still do that, or I can use my weapons. Let them blitz me; they’re gonna pay somehow.

Matt:  I like the confidence.

Michael: How do you think I’ve accomplished what I have: without confidence? Hold on. Okay, PR guy #13 says I have time for one or two more.

Matt: Wow, this went by quickly. Okay, do you think that Philadelphia has embraced you?

Michael: Yeah, pretty much. Except for…

Matt: Except for what, or whom?

Michael:  Except for all the clueless media types and stick-up-the-butt dog lovers who don’t know have a clue what it’s like to grow up outside of their white picket suburban fences…wait, hold on, another text…oh man, I gotta run to film study.

Matt; Hang on, Michael. That last statement was interesting. Can you stick around so we can explore that some more?

Michael: No way, man. I’ve always loved doing my film study.

A Disclaimer: This conversation with Michael Vick did not really take place—but is it really all that far-fetched?

Along with being a lifelong Philly sports fan, Matt Goldberg is a unique, award-winning writer, speaker and all-around humorist who resides with his wife and son in South Jersey. He is a featured columnist for the Phillies for Bleacher Report, and is also the author of two new humor books—Wordapodia, Volume One, and All That Twitters is Not Goldberg. They are not sports books, per se, but definitely have a lot of sports, and Philly flavor.

For information on ordering books, requesting customized writing, media requests and special events, please contact matt@tipofthegoldberg.com, or visit www.tipofthegoldberg.com.

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