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Game Vs. Eagles: QB Michael Vick

On how it felt to finally get back onto a football field: "It was great to finally get out there, get my feet wet and get a feel for the game again. The speed was still the same as it was two years ago. It felt the same. It's almost like riding a bike. You never forget how to do it. I enjoyed myself. I enjoyed the time I was out there and I had fun."

On the positive reaction he got from the Eagles fans whenever he entered the game: "I can't explain the feeling. It was unbelievable the way I was embraced and the warm welcome I received. It actually made me screw up one of my reads. I wanted to please the crowd and I actually made a bad play. I came back from it, but it was awesome."

On how much he expected to play tonight: "The game plan was that we were going to play it by ear and just see how everything would play out. We didn't put a limit on the amount of plays I was going to play. (Offensive coordinator) Marty (Mornhinweg) just told me to be ready at any given moment. I had my package and we went out there, some things worked and some things didn't."

On how the crowd affected one of his reads: "It really didn't affect my read. I was just trying to please the crowd. I will just say that. I tried to take off and run when I should have really passed the ball off to the running back. But, it was just the excitement of being out there. After a while, I just told myself to calm down and the big plays will come."

On what the last 36 hours was like for him, especially traveling back and forth from Virginia today:"I felt great, but it was rough. That was the hard part. The easy part was getting back and getting on the football field. It was tough, kind of draining, mentally and to my body. I had to get on an airplane, fly to Virginia and then get back here to Philadelphia. But hey, you've got to do what you've got to do. You just have to persevere through all situations and it was a great day for me overall. I have to give praise to my lord and savior Jesus Christ."

On whether he was nervous tonight: "Not at all."

On how many snaps he expects to play a game during the regular season: "I just want to help this football team win, whatever I have to do. I just want to be able to make plays, to be able to say I contribute and that I helped this football team reach that one common goal. That is winning at the end of the day and hopefully winning a championship. I am humbled, want to sit back and learn as much as I can and polish my skills as a quarterback."

On whether he believes he can help this team in the meantime, while he is working to improve as a quarterback: "I think it's feasible. Regardless of what we are doing, I will be able to make it work. If it's at the quarterback position or the wildcat formation, regardless of what we are doing, if I am out there, I just want to be productive. That is why I go home and study every night, that's why I prepare myself and that's why I am spending that extra time after practice trying to get my body back to playing shape. I am almost there, about 70% there. So, right now I am just going off my natural ability. Once I get myself into top shape, the sky is the limit. I just want to use my abilities to help this team."

On what he was expecting the crowd's reaction to be: "I didn't think it was going to be that positive. I really didn't know what to expect. I was running out there on the field and I was listening to hear what the reaction was going to be and I was very pleased. That was part of the reason I wanted to go out and make some things happen. I really didn't expect that reaction, but I'm very thankful."

On whether he would like to play next week against the Jets: "Hopefully, whatever the plan is I have to go with it. I may be out there, maybe not. We'll have to see."

On whether he has gotten any indication on when he will be playing in the regular season: "Not yet."

On how over the past two years he has envisioned this game going:"First off, I never envisioned myself coming out in a Philadelphia Eagles uniform. So, it was kind of a surreal feeling when I was coming out of the locker room and I see all these big guys in front of me and I see the Philadelphia Eagles symbol on the helmet and the green and the white. I had to kind of pinch myself to remind myself that it was real. It was something that I've been waiting for a long time and to actually suit up and get ready to go out and play a game. Regardless of if it's the preseason or the regular season, it's been a long journey for me and I just want to do it right this time around and make the most of my situation."

On how creative he thinks his abilities allow the Eagles to be: "The sky's the limit. I sat on the sideline today and was thinking about so many different things that we can do. It's almost scary. We've got a great staff and they are very good at coming up with concepts that can put this team in a position to win and I'm excited. Whatever I have to do, I can do it all. I did it all when I was younger, I can do it all now. Down the road I'll be back at the quarterback position full time, but as of right now I just have to do what I can to win."

On his relationship with Tony Dungy: "Coach Dungy and I, we have a great relationship and it will always be that way. Like I said before, we always have an open dialogue and I try to keep him in the loop on what's going on in my life right now and just always keep him informed on what I'm doing. He gives me feedback, he gives me great advice and I have unconditional love for the guy."

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