Classy QB: Vick thanked his coaches, teammates and fans for the opportunity he was granted in Philadelphia. 

In what can only be described as a an act of utter class and professionalism, MICHAEL VICK took time out to thank the Eagles organization and the city of Philadelphia for his 5 years as the Eagles quarterback:

I would like to thank the Eagles and the entire city of Philadelphia. I was honored to be their quarterback and took the privilege to heart every day. I especially want to thank Jeffrey Lurie and Andy Reid, who gave me the opportunity. I want to thank my teammates, who were not just coworkers, but friends. I also want to thank the millions of fans who cheered and supported our team.

People say Philadelphia fans are tough. I say they are fair. A player is not judged solely by his past or promises of the future, but by his actions today, and the next day, and the next.

In my time volunteering, I have met Philadelphia’s heroes. I’ve met at-risk children with few resources, but with teachers tirelessly helping them make the most of a second chance. I’ve seen the work of volunteers at school fund-raisers, food drives, after-school programs, hurricane shelters, Toys for Tots campaigns, Boys and Girls Clubs, and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and the meaningful work of the Humane Society of the United States. I’ve seen children choosing the mentorship of a football coach over peer pressure on a street corner. One of the best examples of a community deserving a second chance is the North Philadelphia Aztecs youth football team. As the players step onto Team Vick Field, they can hold their heads high and be proud that they are making Philly stronger.

The Eagles are an outstanding organization with a bright future, and I’m thankful for all the friendship, love, and support they gave me and my family. I look forward to seeing great things from them both on the field and in the community. —Michael Vick

Last week, Vick signed a $5 million, one-year deal with the New York Jets.

Dog whisperers (actually, they’re too vocal to be whispering) continue to hound Vick over his past blunders—of which he has more than paid his debt, we keep reminding peeps—but the 33-year old quarterback just continues to show tremendous class and character in his conduct off the field.

Michael Vick is and has been a better person in the aftermath of his mistakes. Everything he has done since has proven that. This letter being one of them.


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