Pro Bowl, Eagles QB, Mike Vick Interview
Michael Vick played quarterback for Virginia Tech in 1999 and 2000. He entered the 2001 NFL Draft and was selected as the first overall pick by the Atlanta Falcons. He played for them from 2001-2006, and set numerous records, and was arguably one of the greatest dual-threat quarterbacks of all time. After being arrested, MV served 23 months in prison, but is working hard to repair his image. He signed a contract with the Eagles and earned a tiny amount of playing time during his first year back. [UPDATE: He has worked his way back to the starting quarterback position with the Eagles, and is now their starting quarterback.]
Strauss : Why do you make it important to connect to your fans?
Vick : Without the fans, there would be no Mike Vick.
Strauss : If you could meet anyone, who would it be and why?
Vick : Martin Luther King because he was amazing.
Strauss : Who was your childhood star? Why?
Vick : Joe Montana – He was the man.
Strauss : What was your favorite NFL team growing up?
Vick : San Francisco 49ers.
Strauss : It’s time for personal questions. What is your favorite song to listen to before a game?
Vick : This year, the song is going to be, “Miss Me” by Drake and Lil’ Wayne.
Strauss : What is your favorite movie of all time?
Vick : North Dallas Forty, my high school coached co-starred in it back in the day
Strauss : What is your favorite snack food?
Vick : Starbursts.
Strauss : What is your favorite type of pie?
Vick : Sweet-Potato Pie.
Strauss : What is your favorite Ice cream flavor?
Vick : Vanilla Ice Cream.
Strauss : What is your favorite TV-Show?
Vick : Sports Center.
Strauss : What is your favorite meal?
Vick : Lasagna.
Strauss : What is your favorite video game?
Vick : Madden or Tiger Woods Golf.
Strauss : What was it like to be an NFL Madden cover athlete?
Vick : I grew up loving video games, so being on the cover of the hottest game out was crazy.
Strauss : Who is your favorite superhero?
Vick : Superman.
Strauss : What is the one thing you can’t leave your house without?
Vick : My iPhone.
Strauss : How long have you played football?
Vick : Since I was eight years old.
Strauss : Did you play any other sports in high school?
Vick : I also played basketball.
Strauss : When did you realize that you were going to play football as a career?
Vick : Either when I was fourteen or fifteen, but sometime when I was in the 9th grade.
Strauss : What is a non-traditional sport you play?
Vick : I love playing golf.
Strauss : What impact did your high school coach have on your college and professional career?
Vick : I wouldn’t be here, today, if it was not for Coach Tommy Reamon, he single-handedly change my life.
Strauss : If you weren’t playing in the NFL, what would you want to do?
Vick : I would play in the NBA.
Strauss : Why do you wear the number 7?
Vick : Because of John Elway, he was great.
Strauss : What is a favorite memory from Virginia Tech?
Vick : All the love the fans gave me.
Strauss : What did you learn from playing football at Virginia Tech?
Vick : How to read a defense.
Strauss : What was the hardest challenge you faced in college?
Vick : The entire Florida State defense. They were always tough.
Strauss : What impact did your college coach have on your pro career?
Vick : They got me ready for the next level.
Strauss : What was it like to be the first overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft?
Vick : It was a dream come true.
Strauss : What was your draft day experience like?
Vick : It was phenomenal. However, I actually knew for a while that I was going number one overall.
Strauss : When did you see your first live NFL game?
Vick : My first NFL game I saw was my first pre-season game.
Strauss : What is it like to be the first QB in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season and set an NFL record 8.4 yards per carry?
Vick : It was pretty sweet to make history and also to accomplish that.
Strauss : What was your favorite memory as a Falcon?
Vick : Definitely beating the Green Bay Packers in the playoffs.
Strauss : What was it like to be given another chance by the Eagles?
Vick : It was like God answering my prayers
Strauss : What is your favorite memory as an Eagle?
Vick : I am just excited and very thankful for a second chance.
Strauss : What is the important thing you developed throughout your career?
Vick : The ability to stay humble, and to learn from my mistakes.
Strauss : What was the best award you’ve received throughout your entire career?
Vick : Super Bowl Trophy coming this year!
Strauss : What do you want your career be remembered for?
Vick : A guy who made some mistakes, but bounced back better than ever.
Strauss : What was the best advice you received from your cousin, Aaron Brooks while you were growing up?
Vick : He basically just helped me by giving me a heads up on mostly everything.
Strauss : What is your nickname? Why?
Vick : “Ook” my aunt gave it to me when I was 5, its stuck ever since
Strauss : What is your favorite charity?
Vick : I like all charities that benefit people who need it.
Strauss : What is an experience that changed your life?
Vick : That’s easy, the whole dog fighting situation, but I’ve become a much better man because of it.
Strauss : What is your favorite quote?
Vick : “I’ll be floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee.”
Strauss : Is there anything you want to tell your fans that I have not asked?
Vick : I just wanted to say, I let you all down once, but it will not happen again. Thank you to all the fans who still support me.
Strauss : For someone aspiring to play football in the NFL, do you have any advice for them?
Vick : Practice and polish your skills. Improve in weak areas, and work harder than ever. And, don’t let anyone stand in your way.
Strauss : Thank you so much for your time.
Vick : Thanks Max, and Go Eagles!