Michael Vick’s Slip of the Tongue: Is Roger Goodell Fixing the NFL?

Posted: August 19, 2011 by getabillion in Football, News, Politics
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2 years ago Michael Vick was released from federal prison after serving time for charges stemming from an illegal dogfighting operation.  The moment he set foot on free soil, media speculation ran rampant regarding his return to the NFL and which jersey he’d be wearing the next time he threw a touchdown.  According to his agent, there were many teams interested in him and a short list of teams in which they believed he could go in and make an immediate impact. The Redskins were one of the teams in the mix.

Fast forward 3 months, and the headlines were heard around the world.  Michael Vick signs with the Philadelphia Eagles.  To NFL enthusiasts it was a head scratcher.  To casual fans it signaled the end of Michael Vick’s career as a starter in the NFL.  After all, he was now a 3rd string quarterback trapped behind future Hall of Famer Donovan McNabb and the future of the Eagles, Kevin Kolb.  Pundits said that this move would acclimate Michael Vick to the NFL once again and allow him time to fine tune his skills to eventually move on to another team and be the starter.

Fast forward about a year.  Donovan McNabb is traded to Washington, Kevin Kolb is named the starter, a few short weeks later he’s injured, and BAM…Michael Vick is now the starting QB for the Eagles. The rest is history. He had a historic year and is poised for another.

But how did he really end up in Philly?

According to Vick in a recent GQ article, it was Roger Goodell who “convinced” him that joining the Eagles would be the “best” move for him.  Say what?  The impartial NFL commissioner pushed him in Philly’s direction?  Something ain’t right…

ESPN.com has the story:

Michael Vick credits the Philadelphia Eagles with making him a better quarterback. But he was not convinced at first that Philly was the best place for him to resume his football career after nearly two years in federal prison, he told GQ Magazine for its September issue.

In an interview, the Eagles quarterback said the Cincinnati Bengals and Buffalo Bills initially seemed like better options. Those teams wanted him and might have made him their starting quarterback, while the Eagles, at the time, already had an established veteran starter in Donovan McNabb and a starter-in-waiting in Kevin Kolb. 

Vick goes on to say:

“I think I can say this now, because it’s not going to hurt anybody’s feelings, and it’s the truth … I didn’t want to come to Philadelphia,” Vick told the magazine. “Being the third-team quarterback is nothing to smile about. Cincinnati and Buffalo were better options.” 

So why didn’t he go there?

Vick was convinced, after meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell and other NFL officials, that the Eagles were the best choice. “And I commend and thank them, because they put me in the right situation,” Vick told the magazine. 

After hearing about this interview, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello released the following statement:

“Michael Vick’s decision on where to play to put himself in the best position to succeed was entirely his own,” Aiello said. “Commissioner Goodell obviously met and spoke to Michael and his representatives as part of his decision on whether to reinstate Michael and on what terms. But the commissioner would never steer players to or away from particular teams and did not do so in this case.” 

I’m not sure who to believe.  The athlete who’s being candid with GQ Magazine or an NFL spokeperson.

Things that make you go hmmmmmmmm…#NoArsenio

  1. Redskins The Delusion says:

    Good read. I have to admit I thought it was odd when he signed with the Eagles. I didn’t give much thought to Kevin Kolb but I just didn’t see Mike Vick becoming the starting QB. I thought Donovan McNabb would never leave, I thought he would retire an Eagle after playing another 3-5 years. The turn of events was very shocking. I’m very happy for Mike Vick. Sometimes we have to go through hell to make it to heaven. I bet he look at the world a lot different after losing two years of his life in jail.

    *Sidenote* The Eagles Sucks!!! #2011Redskins

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