Finally Free and Michael Vick’s Continuing Journey for Redemption
Eagles Quater Back Michael Vick has released his new book Finally Free. In which, he describes many of the choices of his tumultuous past.
Vick was imprisoned in 2007 for his part in a dog-fighting organization. Since his release 23 months later, he has fought to rebuild his reputation.
He has traveled the nation advocating against the cruelties he once propagated.
His book discusses several of the choices he made during this period in his life and the consequences of his actions
in an interview with USA TODAY‘s Robert Klemko, Vick talks about his past and how it will always be a part of him.
In one excerpt, Vick writes about how dedicated he became to dogfighting.
“Back when I was involved in those activities, I may have become more dedicated to the deep study of dogs than I was to my Falcons playbook. I became better at reading dogs than reading defenses. That’s just so sad to say right now, because I put more time and effort into trying to master that pursuit than my own profession . . . which was my livelihood . . . which put food on the table for my family.”
He also talks about lying to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
“I knew how to lie with a straight face. Sad to say, Commissioner Goodell bought into what I was saying, and I think he truly believed me that I was telling the truth. I deeply regret not telling him the truth from the outset.
“It was a very nervous time for me. I knew I was going to try to lie my way through the whole dogfighting case and see if money, good lawyers, and manipulating the system could get me out of the position I was in — which was a terrible position.”
Vick says he hopes his new book will give people a clearer picture.
“People are always going to have their opinions and feel the way that they do,” Vick told Klemko. “You can’t change it. The reason I’m writing this book is so people can have an understanding and not just go off of what they see on TV or what they heard, the picture that’s been created.”
…”I’ve made peace with it, because I have no control over it. It’s not like I could do it all over again,” he said of his involvement. “But at the same time, I think I made a lot of changes for the better and I think in my quest to be an advocate against dogfighting and working with the Humane Society, I’ve helped more animals than I’ve hurt, and I continue to do that.”
Vick is hoping that the book and his many attempts at making amends will dissuade people from making the same mistakes he made.