Portis and McNabb pulling for Vick
Clinton Portis and Donovan McNabb both have a fairly interesting history with Michael Vick, his legal issues and his comeback from NFL purgatory. Portis famously defended Vick in a joking TV interview, saying "it's his property and it's his dog. If that's what he wants to do, do it." And McNabb was instrumental in helping Vick break back into the NFL with the Eagles. In addition to the McNabbulous return to Philadelphia this weekend, the Vick storylines will be everywhere.
Already on Tuesday, both stars of the Washington backfield talked about how they're rooting for Vick in his comeback, which continues Sunday against the Redskins.
"I always rooted for Michael Vick," Portis said on 106.7 The Fan's Mike Wise Show. "I mean, even when your're playing him, you know it's an excitement level that he's gonna bring to the game. You've got to keep your eyes on No. 7 and he's gonna make a play. So for him to come back after all this adversity and after everybody threw him under the bus, [said] to hell with him, you wanted to crucify him and take everything from him and not want him in the NFL, compared to how many people happy and pulling for him.
"I think [Kevin] Kolb is gonna be a great quarterback, but at the same time, Michael Vick was the best doing it when he got into an unfortunate situation off the field. I don't think his play ever changed. I think he got into an unfortunate situation off the field, and now that he's back on the field, he's showing you why he was regarded as the type of quarterback that he was regarded as."
A few minutes later on ESPN 980's The Sports Fix, McNabb talked at great length about his role in bringing Vick to Philadelphia.
"I wasn't able to write up his contract, I wasn't able to fly him in myself personally, studying, trying to learn how to fly planes," McNabb joked.
But he talked about how he suggested the Eagles look at Vick soon after he was released from prison, and how he and Andy Reid talked about what McNabb could do as a mentor. The veteran brought it up again shortly before training camp, and "we laughed about it, we talked about the pros and cons, and moved on," McNabb said.
Then, after Kolb was hurt, McNabb got a call from Andy Reid while he and several of the team's offensive stars were out eating dinner. Reid asked if McNabb was serious about mentoring Vick.
"At first I thought he may have been joking, because that was a conversation weeks ago," McNabb said Tuesday. "I told him I thought it would be a good move for us. Really, I was happy for Mike, but I was more pleased with Andy being able to put everything else aside, everything we'd be faced with, with outsiders and the hoopla that may come with it, but it says a lot about Andy as a person....I was happy that he did it. I didn't think it would come to this, but I was just happy seeing that he'd have this opportunity."
McNabb then talked about how the locker room rallied behind the move and the idea of supporting Vick, no matter what the outside world may have thought.
"That's all behind us, because I hear it's sunny in Philadelphia and everyone's happy," he concluded. "I'm just happy to see that he's got this opportunity to get back on his feet."
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