Eagles Notebook: Eagles QB Vick reflects on lessons learned while in jail

Eagles quarterback Michael Vicks looks up field during a second-quarter run against the Giants last night.
Eagles quarterback Michael Vicks looks up field during a second-quarter run against the Giants last night.
Posted: November 22, 2010

Every Eagles national TV game this season is bound to feature the obligatory sitdown with Michael Vick, and last night's contest was no exception. Bob Costas was at the helm this time for "Football Night in America," eliciting the usual regrets over how Vick wasted his promise in Atlanta and evoking a few memories of how scary it was to go to prison for dogfighting.

"In so many ways, I do," the Eagles' quarterback said, when Costas asked him if he felt he'd cheated the Falcons. "I feel like I cheated the organization. I didn't give them my all. I gave them everything on the field, 100 percent, but sometimes that's not enough."

Asked what the darkest moment of his incarceration was, Vick said: "The darkest moments were just not being able to go home every day . . . It's like you're trapped. There's nowhere to go. Every night before I went to bed, I always prayed that something would happen that would expedite the process of me getting out. But it never did, and I think that taught me patience."

Costas also asked at what point Vick understood the error of his ways.

"I said that [after] about 4 or 5 months of being there, and then I realized I wasn't going home for another 13 months," Vick said. "Even after the first day I felt like I had learned my lesson. It only takes for them to slam the doors on you one time for you to know that, 'Look, this is serious. I can't live my life this way. I'm not supposed to be here. I'll do better.' After 4 or 5 months, I started to get comfortable in that environment and I had to pinch myself and say, 'I'm not supposed to be here. I should be at home with my family or in somebody's training camp right now.' That really put things in perspective of what I had done and the consequences I had to suffer. It cut me deep and it hurt. I had to get through that to make me the person I am today."

SpongeBob starts

Shawn Andrews, whose balky back kept him out of practice all week, indeed started at left tackle for the Giants. He took a holding penalty on their second series, after linemate Will Beatty seemed to get away with a much more egregious hold on a pass play that resulted in a first down.

Birdseed

Jorrick Calvin paid the price for his two bobbles of rain-slicked balls in Washington - Calvin was inactive for the first time since Week 2 vs. Detroit. Rookie tight end Clay Harbor got his second successive activation at the expense of veteran Garrett Mills, and notched his first NFL catch in the second quarter . . . As expected, Nick Cole started at right guard, Dimitri Patterson at right corner. Juqua Parker, playing with a hip flexor problem, aggravated the injury and left the game. *

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