Vick expresses appreciation for reinstatement, vows to change

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Vick expresses appreciation for reinstatement, vows to change
From Pro Football Talk
By Mike Florio

In a statement given to us agent Joel Segal, freshly-reinstated quarterback Mike Vick expresses gratitude for his opportunity, he acknowledges the "terrible mistakes" he has made, and he commits to changing his ways in the future.

"I would like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to Commissioner Roger Goodell for allowing me to be readmitted to the National Football League," Vick said, via Segal.  "I fully understand that playing football in the NFL is a privilege, not a right, and I am fully thankful for that opportunity I have been given.

"As you can imagine, the last two years have given me the time to reevaluate my life, mature as an individual, and fully understand the terrible mistakes I made in the past and what type of life I must lead moving forward.  Again, I would like to thank Commissioner Goodell for the chance to return to the game I love and the opportunity to become an example of positive change.

"Finally, I want to sincerely thanks Coach Dungy for being in my corner, and I look forward to him being a mentor for me."

Powerful words, but as Goodell told Vick in a letter sent to him today, actions in the end will speak the loudest.

"As I emphasized to you when we met, as I have said in other cases, it is actions that count," Goodell wrote.  "I accept that you are sincere when you say that you want to, and will, turn your life around and that you intend to be a positive role model for others. I am prepared to offer you that opportunity. 

"Whether you succeed is entirely in your hands."

And Goodell is right.  It's up to Vick moving forward.  At least for now, he seems to understand that.

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