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Andy Reid's sons play a role in the success of Michael Vick with Eagles

By Cindy Boren

Andy Reid, Michael Vick and Tony Dungy (Associated Press)

There's a lot of talk at the moment, silly talk about how "if McNabb is worth a kabillion dollars, how much will Michael Vick be worth when he becomes a free agent at the end of the year?"

Putting aside the fact that it's far too early to say, why would Michael Vick want to go anywhere else and play for any other coach than Andy Reid? It isn't as if the Philadelphia Eagles will go cheap on him. They'll pay; they did before. And the very best place for Vick is with Reid and Jeff Lurie, the guys who (along with a mighty assist from Tony Dungy) helped resurrect his career and re-establish his life after his prison sentence for dogfighting ended.

(His current deal was worth $1.6 million in the first year and $5.2 million in the second, according to ESPN. The contract contained an additional $3 million in incentives.)

There's a reason why it's working so perfectly for Reid and Vick and a large part of it is the growth of the coach, who's learned from the highly-public mistakes and imprisonment of his sons.

"I think it altered my outlook when it came to Michael Vick," he told Anthony L. Gargano last spring. "I think being a coach helped me with the situation and I also think this situation helped me be a coach. I say that because I'm dealing with all kinds of people here, and listen, when you got 80 guys, they all have families and they have situations they have to deal with. I've seen a few. I'm dealing with people so I see that part of it and I see some of the struggles that some of the players go through.
"I think the actual exposure that I faced and went through for this problem helped me to be more sensitive to their situations. It surely helped me with Michael. Just knowing the phases that he went through, knowing what to look for, and then in return making sure that he stays on top of his game.
"He seemed like he had the weight of the world on his shoulders when he got here. It's hard. You're saying all the right things. But it's an insecure ride the whole way when you get out of jail. He's a different guy today when you talk to him than he was back then. And as long as he keeps his nose clean, he will continue to progress and be better for it down the road."


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By Cindy Boren  | November 16, 2010; 8:43 AM ET
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Yes yes, blah blah blah...
As long as you're a super-jock, you get all the chances in the world.
Jocks are who we value most.

Posted by: spunkydawg1 | November 16, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

How many men and women get out of prison every year and are just thrown into society? Certainly Vick had a tremendous advantage, no question. You do have to give Dungy props, though; he's helping other prisoners as well as Vick.

Posted by: Cindy Boren | November 16, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Vick is nothing more than low life scum. Any additional verbage on this subject is pointless.

Posted by: Daveguin1 | November 16, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

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