Vick signing: What they said

Posted: August 15, 2009

Here is some of what the principals said about the Eagles' signing of Michael Vick:

Michael Vick: "I know, as we all know, in the past I have made some mistakes, I have done some terrible things, I made a horrible mistake. And now, I want to be part of the solution and not the problem. I am making conscious efforts within the community, working with the Humane Society. Hopefully, I can do that locally and continue with my disciplined efforts in bringing awareness to animal cruelty and dogfighting in the inner cities and our communities."

Coach Andy Reid: "The Eagles organization is obviously very excited to have Michael Vick on board with us. Not only as a football player - we all know what kind of football player Michael is and was and will be - but, also, he has aggressively attacked the issue that he was presented with and done it in a manner that is not only proactive, but sincere."

Owner Jeffrey Lurie: "I spent a lot of time talking to Michael directly even after commissioner [Roger] Goodell, Andy Reid, Tony Dungy; I still wanted to spend the time directly with him and did that, just the two of us. That's unprecedented in the way we operate with the Eagles, because I have a very, very close and, as you know, respectful relationship with Andy Reid, and there's really never been an instance where he wanted to acquire a player and I said, 'I don't want to.'

"This is one where I had to discover it for myself. I spent hours with Michael. [I] asked him extremely tough questions. [I] tried to evaluate remorse. It's a tough thing to do while skeptical. You're innately skeptical of somebody that is capable of doing horrendous things, that they could be remorseful. In spending the time with Michael, I think he deserves that opportunity. He's going to have to prove it in actions, not in words."

Statement released from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell: "I have said several times in recent weeks that I want Michael to be one of the NFL's success stories as an individual and as a football player. I believe he can accomplish both goals with the Eagles organization, which has done an outstanding job in the community and on the field these last 15 years under the direction of owner Jeffrey Lurie. I know the Eagles will provide strong support, but, ultimately, Michael's success is up to him and the decisions he makes."

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