Michael Vick is back on the football field and for Philadelphia Eagles fans, that’s good news after a dismal last season. Now with a new coach in Chip Kelly, who replaced Andy Reid, the Eagles may again be contenders. While Kelly has yet to name a starting quarterback, most around the Eagles organization believe it will be Vick. But for Vick, who came back from incarceration and a scandal that cost him his job, his freedom, his money and his reputation, every day is a chance to redeem himself. The newlywed, who wed longtime girlfriend Kijafa Frank last summer, and his Team Vick Foundation, just donated a brand new football field to a Philadelphia football team in need of their help.
Team Vick’s $200,000 donation helped restore a football field in the Hunting Park area of the city, which will be renamed Team Vick field. It will become the home field of the Philadelphia Aztecs football team, the first inner city football team to win a Pop Warner championship.
“They had no football field to play on,” Vick told the Tom Joyner Morning Show. “It was mentioned to me two years ago and we put a great team together and collectively we’ve been able to put a field together for the kids in the city of Philadelphia. It was something that I really wanted to do post-incarceration. I wanted to give back as much as I could and do it in the city of Philadelphia where I was embraced when I first came home from prison. It means the world to me, to my family and to the Team Vick foundation. We want to give back and help kids develop a dream and set goals and have an opportunity to go further in life.”
To that end, Vick also met with Georgia Representative John Lewis recently on behalf of Team Freedom Outreach – a volunteer program to help incarcerated youth participate in sports. “Many of these children who are incarcerated receive no visitors,” Vick told reporters. “Team Freedom Outreach gives them positive mentorship. It shows these kids that somebody cares. It helps them make a plan.”
Asked if he had any advice for disgraced former NFL players Terrell Owens and Chad Johnson, Vick was sympathetic.
“To guys like T.O. and Chad Johnson, you’ve gotta keep the faith in the situation that they’re facing. I know they both love the game of football and want to get back but I think the right opportunity or right situation presents itself, it will happen for them. But as of right now, I think their football careers are over with, so they have to find another niche. And that’s what we all face as time goes on and we spend X amount of years in the league. We start preparing for life after football. It’s a tough transition but you have to do it.”
With the NFL season in front of him and the continuing question of who’s going to be QB1, although Vick is running the majority of the plays at Eagles’ pre-season practice, Vick is not really thinking about the future yet. But after 12 seasons in the league taking the kind of shots he’s taken in the last two seasons and at age 33, ancient in football terms, it’s likely he’ll have to think about it soon.
“I feel like I’ve learned so much from so many coaches about the game of football, so I may coach some day,” Vick says. “I know the hours are extreme. Either that or broadcasting, but that’s down the road from now. I’m going to focus on what’s in front of me right now.”
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This Week’s Celebrity Instagrams (10/7-10/14)
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1. Nite | to the tune of @cnn 😞
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2. Got so much work to do but I just wanna stay in bed and binge watch #Gameofthrones and start the new season of #OnceUponATime. I know I can't be the only one. Right? Ha 💤🦁🍂 #saturday
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3. Mommy's weekend turn up ❤️👶🏾💕🍼 Wouldn't trade it for nothing. #TeamNoSleep lol #HesMyBiggestBlessing ✨
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4. One of them oh shit mont we made it feelings … this shit still be unreal 💯💪🏾 @remyboymonty1738
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6. People magazine Home edition has raided my house! Get a sneak peek into the bedroom life of the Leakes and see other parts of my home now at PEOPLE.COM
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7. They want to kick you when you down, but kick it when you up
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8. Got my advance copy of #Mafia3 at @gamestop. Get yours via link in the bio #Mafia3 #Ad
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9. This is some of the cast and our diverse team of writers in the writer's room creating funny sh*t for @nbcmarlon what a fun room! Lots of jokes, great stories and having a great time doing what we love... making people laugh and feel something. Look out for our show next year @nbcmarlon we bringing sitcoms back to NBC
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10. #HappySunday☀️Thank you @4everbrandy101 💛💡💛
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11. Happy to be back in Central Falls, RI breaking ground for the One Stop Health Center and hosting a local community event with #Vaseline.
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12. Thank you all in advance 💋💋💋 #Repost @urbansvintage・・・#TarajiPHenson's memoir #AroundTheWayGirl will be available everywhere TODAY October 11th! Will you be purchasing a copy? #UrbansVintage
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13. Moms got my back
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14. @galore dinner party glo ✨ thanks to @styledbygiigii
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15. 🌹#ThisIsWhatTheTruthFeelsLikeTOUR #forevereve
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16. Yes, all those videos I've been posting have led to this: the introduction of skincare to @TYRABeauty! This is the rundown on the new line:Years of research and beauty tips I live by led me to produce the most effective and delightful skincare out there. I'm all about taking really good care of my skin, so I can look like I'm aging in #TyraYears and go filter free on Instagram when I feel like it! Now, it's your turn. ✨My Mama always told me not to wash my face with just my hands. "Tyra, girl, you're just moving the dirt around!" And I've listened. First up is The Clean Machine.... ...a 3-in-1 foaming face wash that cleanses, removes makeup and purified your skin. It has patented technology - a attached Turbo Cleansing Tool - to give you that deep clean that makes your skin feel super fresh. Wanna know more? Yeah, baby. Click that link in my bio.
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17. On set of #beingmaryjane like... ❤️😬💃🏾
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18. #carouselofhope@yvetteshelton100@makeupbylatrice @thestacetheface@marialuciahohan24
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19. I refuse to let a little cold stop me from my daily routines to greatness. #onlythestrongsurvive #warriors
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20. Big things begin with big THINKING... #BusinessEthics #SetLife 🎥
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21. Goodnight - here's a song
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22. Words can't explain the feeling that I have right now.....God is good. look momma I made it. #Harts #Blessed #WhatNow #comedicrockstarshit #4DaysAway
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23. I tried to get a better video with out the nasty bib but she started getting mad at me..lol! Big cuz @the_queen_caitlin trying to show her what to do. #MamasToots #HeirBear👑💜
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24. Gorgeous Serena joined Beyoncé in Formation last night on stage in New Jersey!!!
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25. 😜 @lifeofdesiigner & @rockohill
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