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Vick’s message to rookies on Goodell: “He don’t play”

Michae Vick AP

Of all the speakers and presenters at the annual Rookie Symposium, none will give the incoming players better advice than Eagles quarterback Mike Vick’s tips for dealing with the Commissioner of the National Football League.

When interacting with Roger Goodell, it’s critical to avoid lying.

“Fellas, don’t get it twisted,” Vick said, via Jeff Darlington of NFL Network.  “This man is the real deal.  He don’t play.  If he asks you a question, answer with honesty.  Tell him the truth.   If you get into some trouble, be honest, truthful, forthright.  Don’t play with this man.  He’ll love you to death, but the minute you cross him, he’ll be all the way turned up.”

Vick knows that of which he speaks.  He’s lucky to be back in the league after flatly denying knowledge of or involvement to Goodell in a dogfighting ring that has been uncovered on his rural Virginia property in April 2007.

The first overall pick in the 2001 draft had other words of hard-learned wisdom for the incoming class of players as they prepare to embark on their journey.  Useful guidance on how to avoid trouble.  But if/when trouble comes, it’s important to come clean.

That’s good advice for anyone.  Because in everyone’s life there’s a version of Roger Goodell, who will react very negatively if told anything other than the truth.

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49 Responses to “Vick’s message to rookies on Goodell: “He don’t play””
  1. doe22us says: Jun 25, 2012 7:07 PM

    Excellent message and well said, tread with extreme caution rookies.

  2. jakek2 says: Jun 25, 2012 7:09 PM

    Where in the CBA does it give Goodell power to mete out harsher punishments if the player isn’t forthright with him? If two players get a DWI but one lies to Goodell about it, the bottom line is that both got DWIs and deserve the same punishment. Otherwise, the fair and impartial arbitrator is acting ARBITRARILY.

  3. jpmelon says: Jun 25, 2012 7:12 PM

    It looks like Vick understands why the Saints players are getting shafted.

  4. EJ says: Jun 25, 2012 7:13 PM

    Goodell has become the loudly revered bad guy of the NFL.

  5. nyyjetsknicks says: Jun 25, 2012 7:14 PM

    Outside of some fines for hits (late, head) where has he been to hard? I’m fine with all of his of the field fines. Use your brain and you’ll be fine.

  6. LoCoSu@%s says: Jun 25, 2012 7:14 PM

    In in interests of being fair and unbiased, shouldn’t James Harrison and Scott Fujita be allowed to address the rookies?

  7. phillybirds says: Jun 25, 2012 7:21 PM

    You don’t ever want to lie to the boss of a Cartel.

  8. tommyj20 says: Jun 25, 2012 7:22 PM

    Vick really is a true redemption story. He committed horrific acts – but paid his debt to society. He is still a very popular player with many youths and he works hard at letting them know he went down the wrong path and made many bad choices – and they don’t have to do that.

  9. nyyjetsknicks says: Jun 25, 2012 7:23 PM

    jakek2 says:
    Jun 25, 2012 7:09 PM
    Where in the CBA does it give Goodell power to mete out harsher punishments if the player isn’t forthright with him? If two players get a DWI but one lies to Goodell about it, the bottom line is that both got DWIs and deserve the same punishment. Otherwise, the fair and impartial arbitrator is acting ARBITRARILY.

    ____________________

    Start lying to your boss. Let us know how that works out for you.

  10. bballern23 says: Jun 25, 2012 7:25 PM

    The horrendous english from the south REALLY needs to stop “he *doesn’t* play”

  11. danafla says: Jun 25, 2012 7:30 PM

    Hmm. Since when should you have to remind adults to tell the truth.

  12. dryzzt23 says: Jun 25, 2012 7:37 PM

    The fact of the matter is this:

    The CBA gives Goodell certain powers, the CBA also gives certain protections for players. The players reps negotiated this deal so IMO the players have only themselves to blame.

    There wouldn’t be a need for punishment if the players did not show themselves to be bumbling lawbreakers every day. Who does it hurt when players do stupid things? Their TEAM and the FANS, it doesn’t hurt them and besides all they say is “I’m sorry blah blah blah it wasn’t my fault though”

    Go get ‘em Goodell

  13. rickastleydancemoves says: Jun 25, 2012 7:39 PM

    Vick’s message to rookies on Goodell: “He don’t be playin’”

  14. geauxjay says: Jun 25, 2012 7:46 PM

    If the rookies lie, just tell Goodell that Anthony Hargrove said it.

  15. raoool says: Jun 25, 2012 7:54 PM

    still want to see Vick become a great QB; but as to spokesman… not for my brand thanks.

    the guy still blames the world for his transgressions; whines like a child when some bs ranking list doesn’t have him up top; and insists he ‘ain’t got no larnin to do’ (with regards to fewer turnovers and maybe a slide once in a while)

    focus on your job, Michael – there’s still time to establish a football legacy (once that’s a bit louder than the dog thing)

  16. brandonyer says: Jun 25, 2012 7:58 PM

    Why is anyone surprised about players being punished for lying to their boss?

    And why is there a Prilosec ad with Larry the Cable Guy on this page?

  17. jason1980 says: Jun 25, 2012 8:07 PM

    Oh please, Goddell lives in his own fantasy land. Don’t lie to him, but he will go before the media and lie like a drunken sailor. Thanks Vick, but we have seen up close how much Goddell will lie and without abandon.

  18. mgdsquiggy17 says: Jun 25, 2012 8:09 PM

    “Hmm. Since when should you have to remind adults to tell the truth.”

    Hmm well since there are tons of adults in all kinds of jobs and without jobs in this country that lie consistently (politicians, lawyers, construction workers, NFL players, you get the point) I would say more often then not.

  19. paul621 says: Jun 25, 2012 8:27 PM

    “He’s lucky to be back in the league after flatly denying knowledge of or involvement to Goodell in a dogfighting ring that has been uncovered on his rural Virginia property in April 2007.”

    That is possibly the worst published sentence I’ve ever read.

  20. cooklynn17 says: Jun 25, 2012 8:29 PM

    The right thing to say, but I still don’t want to hear a word out of this dog killers mouth.

  21. beerbudsnbevo says: Jun 25, 2012 9:06 PM

    The horrendous english from the south REALLY needs to stop “he *doesn’t* play”

    *******************

    Speaking like you actually listened in English class is not worth losing your “street cred”

    Yaundastand?

  22. mojosmagic says: Jun 25, 2012 9:25 PM

    “The horrendous english from the south REALLY needs to stop “he *doesn’t* play”

    Were you a hall monitor growing up? Just saying.

  23. jaredo10 says: Jun 25, 2012 9:31 PM

    well said tommyj.. couldnt of said it any better

  24. nflfollower says: Jun 25, 2012 9:33 PM

    Ha ha ha! Priceless

  25. dawglb says: Jun 25, 2012 9:38 PM

    Literally, the only thing associated with Vick that I have liked (his message to Rookies). Good job, Mike.

  26. triangletaddler says: Jun 25, 2012 10:27 PM

    Yeah Mike, I guess Roger would get upset if he found out one of the league’s premier players is committing horrifying felonies.

  27. fancyleague says: Jun 25, 2012 10:53 PM

    Roger Goodfella

  28. thcnote says: Jun 25, 2012 11:12 PM

    “Fellas, don’t get it twisted,” Vick said, via Jeff Darlington of NFL Network.  “This man is the real deal.  He don’t play.  If he asks you a question, answer with honesty.  Tell him the truth.   If you get into some trouble, be honest, truthful, forthright.  Don’t play with this man.  He’ll love you to death, but the minute you cross him, he’ll be all the way turned up.”
    ————
    Vilma said this would have been helpful about 4 months ago.

  29. raider2124 says: Jun 25, 2012 11:14 PM

    Don’t get it twisted… WTF does that mean. My college degree cannot decipher the meaning of incoherent babble. He should be suspended for his abuse of the english language.

  30. The Overtime Sports Talk Show says: Jun 25, 2012 11:21 PM

    Great advice Mr. Vick.

  31. indyeagle says: Jun 25, 2012 11:28 PM

    Raider,

    You went to college and you don’t know what “don’t get it twisted” means? I’m a 37 year old white guy and I learned that phrase, along with, “pour a little liquor for my homies”, ” drop it like it’s hot”, and ” ghetto booty” while I was in college. Unless you got your degree at an online school, you should have gotten out more.

  32. jessethegreat says: Jun 25, 2012 11:46 PM

    Vick made some poor choices early in his adulthood/career and paid a hefty price. All rookies should listen to this advice. Dude was on top of the world before the dog fighting thing broke.. and it came crashing down.

    He got a lot of help, and a lot of positive people reached out to him (Dungy and Reid among others), that helped him get to this place in his life again, but it was rare. I’m sure he doesn’t want to see others make ill guided decisions like he did earlier in his career.

  33. granadafan says: Jun 25, 2012 11:56 PM

    There’s a phrase that it’s better to be feared than loved. Sounds like Herr Dictator Goodell has taken that phrase to heart. For Goodell and the owners it’s all about money and to heck with the feelings of the peasants.

  34. lawful1 says: Jun 25, 2012 11:58 PM

    raider2124 says:Jun 25, 2012 11:14 PM

    Don’t get it twisted… WTF does that mean. My college degree cannot decipher the meaning of incoherent babble. He should be suspended for his abuse of the english language.
    ———————————————————-

    your college degree can not decipher how you still rout for the lowly raiders and had enough brain power to get a degree. You should be suspended from life for being such a bottom feeding ignorant fool. Que idiota! now decipher that stupid. College degree my foot, printing papers off of your computer does not count for education, and judging by you lack of comprehension in to response, it doesn’t count for intelligence either because you have none.

  35. phuzzyd says: Jun 26, 2012 12:00 AM

    raider2124 says: Jun 25, 2012 11:14 PM

    Don’t get it twisted… WTF does that mean. My college degree cannot decipher the meaning of incoherent babble. He should be suspended for his abuse of the english language.
    ___________________________________
    Then your college degree fails you, daily. Who cares how Vick verbalized it. The point of the symposium is “Handle your business like a professional and don’t F up” and following on that, Vick is telling them (because some in the audience think the previous statement isn’t directed towards them) “if you do F up, don’t lie to Goodell about it”. There aren’t many more qualified to make that statement and, according to the past, every rookie group (and some vets) need to hear this.

  36. bigbluecrew420 says: Jun 26, 2012 12:31 AM

    “This man is the real deal. He don’t play. If he asks you a question, answer with honesty. Tell him the truth. If you get into some trouble, be honest, truthful, forthright. Don’t play with this man. He’ll love you to death, but the minute you cross him, he’ll be all the way turned up.”

    ————————————————–

    Sweet English

  37. vontazemebro says: Jun 26, 2012 12:32 AM

    Tools who yammer on about “GODell” crack me up. You think he sits there writing in the rulebook all day? He’s a front man for the owners and administration , a messenger if you will. Why do the obvious thing and shoot him?

    If you don’t like what’s happening vote with your wallet and stop following the NFL. Anything wlse you are just being a bitz.

  38. yahmule says: Jun 26, 2012 12:34 AM

    Yeah, Goodell’s a real hardass, alright. That’s why he reinstated this disgusting sociopath as soon as he realized it was feasible from a PR standpoint. Bottom line is his product can make money with Vick and he lacked the balls to stand up to the Tony Dungy led reinstatement campaign. Combine that with the deplorably low standards so many NFL fans have for personal conduct and Vick is welcomed back with open arms. In Vick’s warped sense of reality, Goodell was tough, but fair with him. What a pathetic joke.

  39. badintent says: Jun 26, 2012 12:45 AM

    Vick,” Don’t be snooping or dog pooping. Don’t be lying, or you be frying. If your nose is white and you face is black, better wipe your beak fast, or you be out of the NFL FAST, Dat’s sure nuff. “

  40. dc1to1 says: Jun 26, 2012 12:49 AM

    @raider2124
    Well…
    I guess its true.
    Book smarts and common sense are two different things!

  41. bigdevil830 says: Jun 26, 2012 1:26 AM

    Those idiot Saints players could learn a lot from Vick. Grow up and Accept that they did wrong like adults and that they are being punished for it and stop all the whinning.

  42. borisbulldog says: Jun 26, 2012 2:43 AM

    “all the way turned up”

    Was there a translator for the white NFL rookies?

  43. kcchiefsfandave says: Jun 26, 2012 3:05 AM

    He should be commended for trying to help out these rookies. Although honesty should be a given.

    His lack of appropriate grammar is nothing new. Take a look at any interview with him. Not that it’s right.

    All the way turnt up.

  44. heymuzzwatchadoin says: Jun 26, 2012 4:13 AM

    Vick should have been banned from the NFL for life for his heinous, cruel and uncivilized crimes.

    The only lesson to be learned by rookies is basically that you can commit any crime, lie like a rug to Goodell and as long as ticket sales outweigh public opinion, then you’re good to go like nothing happened.

    This is all bull$hit and Goodell is Evil incarnate.

  45. hooterdawg says: Jun 26, 2012 5:40 AM

    It’s not incoherent babble to anyone who balanced college classrooms with athletics.

  46. raiders757 says: Jun 26, 2012 11:58 AM

    bballern23 says: Jun 25, 2012 7:25 PM

    The horrendous english from the south REALLY needs to stop “he *doesn’t* play”

    ——————————————–

    That horrendous “English” isn’t just a “Southern thing”. What really needs to stop, is morons like you stereotyping entire regions of the country. It makes you look like the bigger idiot.

  47. bbk1000 says: Jun 26, 2012 8:20 PM

    Wow, I read this article, almost like a dissertation from a very stupid man….

    Michael Vick…role model….

  48. oldbyrd says: Jun 27, 2012 9:41 AM

    I think Roger does a good job. Some fear is necessary because some people will try to get away with what ever they can. That’s just the way it is

  49. giantsfaninphilly says: Jun 27, 2012 11:35 AM

    Mike Vick, front man for the NFL..how stupid is that. You have so many positive role models in the league, you don’t need this overrated, overhyped creep getting anywhere near the rookies entering the league. There are way more high character players in the league and entering the league than the few boneheads that meet Roger Goodell for the wrong reason.

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