Biggs: Vick 'settled for mediocrity' with Falcons
Michael Vick admits he screwed up. As a player for the Atlanta Falcons.
Sure, he’s said the right things about the horrendous acts he committed that landed him in federal prison on dogfighting charges, but Vick came clean on an Atlanta radio station, 790-AM The Zone, according to a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“"There was a lot more I could have done off the field and in the film room that could have elevated my game to a different level," Vick said. "I was complacent at the time, somewhat lazy, and I settled for mediocrity. I thought what I was doing was enough."
Vick realizes that he’s nearing the end of the line and his future is very much up in the air as the Philadelphia Eagles consider the options they have at quarterback. Vick and starter Donovan McNabb are both entering the final year of their contracts and the Eagles seemingly have the quarterback of the future on the roster in Kevin Kolb. The Eagles have a $5.25 million option on Vick, which might be more than they want to pay a No. 2 quarterback.
"I'm stronger, I feel fast and I'm back to my old-school workouts," said Vick, who will turn 30 before the season begins. "I think you'll see a big difference this year.
"I want to play my best football up until the age of 34 and 35, and I'm going to put everything into it. Just imagine what I could have been doing if I really would have been applying myself. That's a regret I have."
Vick said that he hopes to be invited to speak to newcomers to the league this summer at the rookie symposium. If just one player took his message to heart, it would be a success.
"I think it's going to be a great opportunity for me to share with the young guys coming in, not take this opportunity for granted and to walk that straight path," Vick said. "Why jeopardize everything over a pointless activity?
"You have to go out and do the right things," he said. "It takes time. It takes patience for you to go out and fulfill all your obligations. And that's what I plan on doing."
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