Michael Vick, the newest Eagle, addressed the media this morning and expressed immense gratitude for the opportunity given to him by the Eagles, contrition for the actions that led to his incarceration, and anxiousness to get back on the football field.
"First off, I would like to express my gratification to the Eagles organization, Jeff Lurie, Coach Reid," Vick said, "For making me a part of this organization and giving me an opportunity.
"I know, as we all know, in the past I've done some terrible things, made a horrible mistake. And now I want to be part of the solution and not the problem."
Vick, who served 18 months in prison for his inolvement in an illegal dog fighting ring, said he is a changed man and is excited to begin the next phase of his life and career. He has been working closely with the Humane Society and said he is committed to rooting out dog fighting in the inner city.
Vick also singled out his friend, the Eagles starting quarterback, for his involvement in bringing Vick to Philadelphia.
"I want to send a special thanks to Donovan McNabb," Vick said. "He's a great friend for reaching out to me."
Vick said he can't wait to get out on the field and do whatever he can to help the Eagles reach their ultimate goal.
"I know everybody's thinking 'Why Philadelphia?'" Vick said, "First off I think it's one of the flagship organizations. Great tradition, great staff, great organization."
"We have a great team in place and I just want to be a part of that tradition and give this team every opportunity to win the Super Bowl."
-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 11:38 a.m., August 14