Vick regrets being "somewhat lazy" in Atlanta

Michael Vick told an Atlanta radio station Wednesday that he has lots of regrets from his days with the Falcons — and those regrets go beyond his involvement in dog fighting.

Vick says he’s also sorry that he didn’t work hard enough at becoming the quarterback the Falcons needed him to be.

“There was a lot more I could have done off the field and in the film room that could have elevated my game to a different level,” Vick said on 790 The Zone, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I was complacent at the time, somewhat lazy, and I settled for mediocrity. I thought what I was doing was enough.”

Vick said that in 2010 — where ever he’s playing — he’ll be a much more dedicated quarterback, and that he expects to be a better player in his 30s than he was in his 20s.

“I want to play my best football up until the age of 34 and 35, and I’m going to put everything into it,” Vick said. “Just imagine what I could have been doing if I really would have been applying myself. That’s a regret I have.”

71 responses to “Vick regrets being "somewhat lazy" in Atlanta

  1. If he is better in his 30s than he was in his 20s will that make him an average QB?
    Overrated from the day he was drafted.
    Please don’t trade for him Buffalo.

  2. And in related news, the sky is somewhat blue and water is believed to have the properties of wetness. He just now realizes that he should have applied himself better so maybe he’d have been more than a RB lining up with his hands under the center’s butt? I mean, Vick could fall out of a boat and hit water less than 50% of the time. But hey, in today’s NFL, anybody who wants a wildcat QB (and not a starter) …

  3. Vick was usually pretty candid about not watching film inthe past, stating that he didn’t need to watch film because defenses didn’t play him the way they did other QBs… of course he could have watched film on how defenses played him. He’s a me-first moron that embodies everything that is wrong with today’s NFL player.

  4. Respect and trust aren’t going to be given this creep and I doubt he’ll understand why. You can work hard for forgiveness but until he actually does what he says he’s going to do he’ll be thought of as just another herpes inflicted sleaze-ball and it’s a description he’s earned.
    Work it, earn it and don’t whimper if it doesn’t come in 15 minutes. What he did to everyone (and his victims), especially Arthur Blank will take a lifetime to erase.

  5. “I was complacent at the time, somewhat lazy, and I settled for mediocrity. I thought what I was doing was enough.”
    Remember when you accused Romo of this? I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Romo’s career passer rating is about 20 points higher than this JAG’s.

  6. “Just imagine what I could have been doing if I really would have been applying myself. That’s a regret I have.”
    That is the regret he has? And we are supposed to believe this sociopath is all better and give him hugs? Give me a break. Go away scumbag.

  7. Obeah says:
    February 10, 2010 10:06 AM
    Once a thug always a thug.
    whats YOUR definition of a thug?

  8. WarrenMoonGOAT says:
    February 10, 2010 10:20 AM
    i bet majority ofthe comments here will be focused on dogs instead of football
    Sorry to disappoint you.
    I could say something like if you consider any reference to Vick as being akin to referencing a dog, then maybe you will be correct. But that is an insult to dogs.

  9. Boy, the anger exhibited in this forum, directed at Mike Vick, borders on pathological! You don’t have to like him, or the way he plays football, but I believe he is earnestly attempting to pull his life up out of the toilet. This is another example of his “growing up.”

  10. ALL you folks on here are sick if you think AMERICA isnt about second chances! There are people out there who think that Mike Vick CREATED dog fighting and can’t get past it. But there are people who put there kids in car trunks and have them kidnapped and do all kinds of stuff that is WAY MORE worse! Do us all a favor and move on and let this man have his second chance like EVERYONE ELSE!!

  11. somewhat: the word of people that don’t want to admit something. Don’t worry most of those dogs are still somewhat alive.

  12. Common Sense says: February 10, 2010 10:11 AM
    How many years until we hear this coming out of Jamarcus Russell’s fat mouth?
    —————————————————
    That’s a great question, because right now he’s too busy blaming everyone else for his failure. I can only hope that attitude has changed over the past few weeks.

  13. Yawn. Don’t care either way.
    I’d say all the Vick hate is stupid and irrational but it’s sports and I have some irrational hatreds of my own.
    I do think all the dog killer talk is bullshit. None of these people gave a damn about dogfighting until a celebrity got caught doing it.

  14. @sand
    People who argue like you are whats wrong with America. First of all Vick got a second chance. I’m pretty sure being allowed to play in the NFL again was his second chance. Second, pretty sure America is about free speech more than anything else. Third, out side of my comment, I saw only one other related to dog fighting. Theres more than one reason to hate Mike Vick: he’s lazy, he is self centered, he appears to be stupid, and of course that he was the reason several dogs were killed and tortured. And finally, the fact that people have done worse things than kill dogs does not justify dog killing. If Vick had kidnapped his kids and put them in the trunk of a car and drove them off a bridge, than that would be worse and we would be even more mad at him. But he didn’t he killed dogs, which is not as bad as killing kids but is still and awful, disgusting crime. Hitler was worse than Charles Manson so I guess that means Charles Manson is a stand up guy by your logic. Does he deserve a second chance as well?

  15. WarrenMoonGOAT
    It’s blatantly obvious that you are always ready to pounce on someone and play your oh so precious RACE CARD. Why don’t you try saying something intelligent for a change. Rather than play the role of a poor man’s Al Sharpton. My definition of a “thug” is: any black athlete who is given the world and is to stupid to know what to do with it and he continues to make poor decisions. I can excuse minor things in high school or college but once you sign that big contract it’s time to work. The NFL is not like welfare, you see you actually have to earn your check in the NFL. Please remind me how many crackers are out there pulling stunts like Vick, Stallworth, Irvin, Sapp, SJackson, J Lewis, R Lewis, N Newton….All of which are tremendous athletes on but not off the field. Except for Ray Ray he was acquitted.
    Honestly all I can think of that was major is is Mark Chmura and it ruined his career. Please retort with intelligent feedback and maybe we can have a conversation about this. Rather than an attempt to start a race riot.

  16. “whats YOUR definition of a thug?”
    A guy who goes around with a fake name infecting chicks with herpes, carries weed around airports in trick water bottles, and bankrolls an interstate dogfighting ring where he kills the dogs that don’t perform well.

  17. Complacent. Mediocrity.
    Sounds like this douchebag was reading a dictionary in prison in anticipation of his glorious return to the NFL. Oh wait, that hasn’t happened yet….

  18. RE: Sand
    This isn’t about dog fighting – do a little research before you go on defending your homeboy.
    It’s about intentional and repeated cruelty, it’s about ELECTROCUTING, DROWNING, BEATING TO DEATH animals for entertainment. If all MV did was dog fighting, I would totally agree that he made a mistake & deserves a second chance. How do you & the rest of the Vick supporters justify MV being so sadistically evil that you could inflict that kind of pain & suffering on animals for KICKS?? MV did this over & over & over for SIX YEARS.
    Why is this never addressed in any post defending MV? Why do the Vick defenders ever comment on the serial killing & torture he did for his own amusement?
    This isn’t about dog fighting, it’s about unimaginable sub-human behavior. It isn’t about PETA or any animal groups, and it certainly isn’t about race, it’s about MV’s sick, sadistic, inhuman killing & torture with his bare hands treatment of animals that could not defend themselves. This guy isn’t like everyone else, anyone that would or could do that repeatedly over a 6 year period isn’t like everyone else. This wasn’t a MISTAKE, it was a lifestyle CHOICE & that’s why he doesn’t deserve a second chance.

  19. billybengal
    hey i ask a question and u feel the need to get on your soap box and tell me all that? the question wasn’t even referred to u
    a lil overly sensitive aren’t u?
    and how the hell would i be playing the race card by asking what his definition of a thug is rather then play a poor mans rush limbaugh don’t
    come off as so insecure about YOUR own skin color

  20. Let me paint a picture………….
    I’m a boss who hires a guy no one else will hire, for over $1 million.
    His production and effort was mediocre but I still paid him.
    He now comes out to say he didn’t put much effort into this year.
    He claims next year,when his salary will be over $5 million,that he will
    be “more dedicated”.
    Can anyone here who owns a business say they would tolerate this behavior from an employee??
    SO NOW TELL ME……….WHERE DOES RACE PLAY OUT IN COMMENTING THAT THIS MAN IS A DOG AND A FRAUD???
    YOU’RE FIRED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. @ billybengal –
    in your attempt to come of a holier than thou you end up coming off as a racist.
    “thug” is: any black athlete…………
    Owen Schmidt, Ryan Leaf, Matt Jones, David Kircus……

  22. Mr Vick. You are at best a second, more likely a third. You are lazy, undisciplined and more fit to drive a cab in Buenos Aries than play at any acceptable NFL caliber. You sir are junk, garbage, move on.

  23. @ Warrenmoan
    I would rather be a poor man’s Rush Limbaugh than anything associated with Sharpton. Rush isn’t racist, despite the left’s attempts to pain him as such. However I will defend you as you did not mention a word about race and were attacked like you had. Not your fault.

  24. I wonder what Sir Tony Dungy thinks about this dogs honest comments about his efforts this year.Pathetic is the only word to describe this dogs effort to change his life.
    YOU’RE FIRED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. DogCollar says:
    February 10, 2010 11:15 AM
    Boy, the anger exhibited in this forum, directed at Mike Vick, borders on pathological! You don’t have to like him, or the way he plays football, but I believe he is earnestly attempting to pull his life up out of the toilet. This is another example of his “growing up.”
    ______________________________
    Does anyone else see the irony here?

  26. It’s laughable that Vick still believes he’s a quarterback. The jackass is a runningback. If the idiot played the position he’s best suited for, RUNNING BACK, he could do really well. He is not a quarterback, by any means. He is a runningback that can sometimes throw.

  27. If he was lazy, not “living up” to the standards, maybe he should’ve been “put-down” instead of released.

  28. I’d just like to ask all these folks who can’t sopor ragging on Vick or Favre or anyone else out there still trying to make a difference….
    “What in the hell have YOU done with YOUR life lately?”

  29. Hey Vox, guess who has won more playoff games. Vick or Romo? I’ll give you a hint. It rhymes with Vick.

  30. Yet more evidence (directly out of his own mouth, no less) that this JAMF is not worthy of an NFL roster spot, is not worthy of fans’ support, and will likely wind up living in a refrigerator box under an overpass outside Amarillo within a few years. The only question is, who will have a nicer box, him or his neighbor Jamarcus??

  31. “Just imagine what I could have been doing if I really would have been applying myself. That’s a regret I have.”
    Just imagine what you could of done and how much money you could have had you not gone to PRISON!!!

  32. warrenMoonGoat,
    my definition of a thug is “MIKE VICK”
    Also Warren Moon was not a thug, how dare you use his name.

  33. Big Stretch says:
    February 10, 2010 12:29 PM
    @ billybengal –
    in your attempt to come of a holier than thou you end up coming off as a racist.
    “thug” is: any black athlete…………
    Owen Schmidt, Ryan Leaf, Matt Jones, David Kircus……
    ————————————————
    Kirucs got busted for assualt, so i’ll give you that one.
    Schmidt smashes himself with a helmet, leaf and jones are both drug addicts. Aside from leaf who actually broke into that apartment AFTER he was in the NFL, the others only did things to harm themselves. I would hardly call that thug.
    As much as I hate to use the “I’m not racist but” thing…
    I see the whole thug behavior as a cultural issue and not racial. Lets face it, inner city black culture is self destructive and selfish. I say cultural because if you meet a black kid that was not born to a 15 year old kid with no sign of their dad around in a neighborhood that people won’t “snitch” on drugs dealers and murderers they tend to turn out quite different. At my high school it was not socially acceptable to father children at 16 or for girls to get knocked up on the regular, not was it ok to speak in broken english. This things are acceptable in siad community, and the same comparisons can be drawn to redneckville backwoods hickland, so it transcends racial lines and truly is cultural in nature.
    With that being said, if you choose to portray the sterotypical image of a thug for yourself by wearing gaudy jewlry, driving a flashy car, sagging your pants, smoking black and milds, and leaving the price tags on your hat and wearing it sidways, you should expect to be looked at as such. This is just like when I was 16 and people viewed me differently because I had purple hair, rippped up jeans, a ratty hoodie with patches all over it, piercings, and a car with punk rock stickers all over it.
    It’s time for people to get there heads out of the sand, regardless of the color of their skin.
    If a non thug black dude in the NFL doesn’t want to get lumped into a sterotype of a thug unfairly , work to eradicte that behavior insted of playing into the sterotypes.
    Just like people look at mike vick as a thug, people look at jared allen as a redneck.

  34. So tell me how much money does he owe the owner ?
    Yeah keep paying the big buck and have so shit head slack off and still get paid
    This guy is a walking talking example of the need for a pay for play scale in the NFL
    I gots me my money and I aint goina do shit now

  35. @ “Gentlemen”edward
    What have I done with my life? I have earned a B.S., worked hard at jobs I didn’t want but needed in order to support my family. I have run in several breast cancer and MS walks and have also participated in various police and fire charity events. I have donated money to a variety of charitable organizations. I have rescued 2 dogs, found them good homes, raised 2 dogs of my own, one of which was purchased in Blacksburg, VA and the guys I bought him from bragged about how they sold dogs to Vick. I have never killed anything other than a rodent or the average insect. I have never broken the law with the exception to minor traffic offenses and an incident that I attribute to “being in the wrong place at the wrong time”.
    I have done several more beneficial things with my life, but just one makes me better than Vick. He is the scum of the earth who just happens to run fast. Move on sir.
    (I apologize if this is duplicated as my internet explorer said it didn’t work)

  36. And in other news, Rex Ryan regrets being “somewhat overweight” in New York.
    For the record, Vick should just go away. He’s not an NFL-caliber quarterback. He never was.

  37. GentlemanEdward says:
    February 10, 2010 1:23 PM
    I’d just like to ask all these folks who can’t sopor ragging on Vick or Favre or anyone else out there still trying to make a difference….
    “What in the hell have YOU done with YOUR life lately?”
    —————————–
    I can say I haven’t killed any dogs.. And I haven’t been paid an exorbitant amount of money to suck at my job.
    I’ll let you in on a little secret, Eddie. This is what PFT is like. Guys rag on athletes. Especially the ones who suck, make far too much money, are lazy and commit gruesome felonies. Deal with it.

  38. “Just like people look at mike vick as a thug, people look at jared allen as a redneck.”
    I DO look at Jared Allen as a redneck. Vick might be the most over hyped, under performing, overpaid athlete of all time.

  39. @ WarrenMoonGOAT & bigstretch
    Your right I am a little sensitive to my race, which by the way I’m mixed not white, not black, I’m both. You assumed I was white as did a few others I guess because I didn’t defend my own people. I’m just stating facts as usual. A lot of my people just don’t “get it.” And I’m tired of being associated with these things. I look at facts when it comes to topics like this. I don’t simply think “okay well I’m black so I have to defend my race.” Kinda like voting for Obama, I did this based on policy and a need for change, not simply because he’s black. Say what you will but majority of “my people” voted for him for one reason and one reason only…race.
    Anyways, I’m sure we could have a friendly conversation with each other over a few beers in person yet we can only type so much being all of us have lives. So no I’m not a racist and it’s not about appearance which some of you are trying to nail it down to. It’s about behavior which tends to be more blacks than whites exemplifying this behavior. I for one enjoy reading the posts and replying and appreciate the interaction with all of you in a POSITIVE manner. I do not appreciate your lack of knowing who I am and assuming that I’m just some dumb white guy. You play the race card every time you get a chance based on your previous posts on other topics. It clearly shows your ignorance in your inability to see that my people and quite possibly your people get into more ignorant sh*t than others.
    Just a 50% black man who is not afraid to state the facts and tell it like it is. I came from the inner city in Cincinnatti (who dey!) and much like others had the deck stacked against me growing up. However I used that as motivation to get out rather than an excuse to go nowhere. I fought for my country, got a degree with my GI bill and now own my own business. Most of my friends growing up are locked up or in the ground because they made “thug” like decisions rather that actually doing some good in this country. Thanks again for reading…peace.

  40. A dog is a dog no matter what color it is.
    How desperate was the NFL to make slickvicksux the face of the league without doing their due diligence on him first.
    How did a successful businessman Arthur Blank not see the disturbing underbelly of this dog?
    How did Nike miss this act?
    This dog could not even get along with Donovan McNabb.
    “Just imagine what I could have been doing if I really would have been applying myself. That’s a regret I have.”
    This dog got his 2nd chance! I for one, hope no team gives him a 3rd.
    Let him go back to smokin pot and hangin with the possie!!!
    Better yet,he could hang with Sir Tony Dungy and tell us all how he’s been wronged!!!!

  41. Just wanted to reiterate to whom it may concern. I re-read my 1st post and yes if you don’t know me personally it does come off a little one sided and brash. So I apologize for not being clear. We all are here because our love for the game of football. Having a white dad and a black mom, I have witnessed racism from both sides all my life.
    So bigstretch and WarrenMoonGOAT and anyone else for that matter. I did just want to clear the air. I for one love the chatter and rants as long as they are friendly. I am man enough to agree to disagree with anyone on whatever the topic may be. Race, abortion etc are all touchy topics anyhow. We live in a great country no matter black, white, yellow or in my case mulatto (lol). Thanks for understanding and next year the country will be screaming Who Dey! instead of Who Dat!

  42. Just wanted to reiterate to whom it may concern. I re-read my 1st post and yes if you don’t know me personally it does come off a little one sided and brash. So I apologize for not being clear. We all are here because our love for the game of football. Having a white dad and a black mom, I have witnessed racism from both sides all my life.
    So bigstretch and WarrenMoonGOAT and anyone else for that matter. I did just want to clear the air. I for one love the chatter and rants as long as they are friendly. I am man enough to agree to disagree with anyone on whatever the topic may be. Race, abortion etc are all touchy topics anyhow. We live in a great country no matter black, white, yellow or in my case mulatto (lol). Thanks for understanding and next year the country will be screaming Who Dey! instead of Who Dat!

  43. You go Vick, I think it’s wonderful that a man can stand up and admit his mistakes and then move on. Much like a lot of you need to. All you want to be Michael Vick haters need to get off and get a life. It appears Michael Vick has. There are people killing human beings and getting probation!!! I still say and will always say, it was damn dogs. Please you put a dog above a person REALLY WOW!!!!!!

  44. diamond14U says:
    February 10, 2010 7:14 PM
    You go Vick, I think it’s wonderful that a man can stand up and admit his mistakes and then move on. Much like a lot of you need to. All you want to be Michael Vick haters need to get off and get a life. It appears Michael Vick has. There are people killing human beings and getting probation!!! I still say and will always say, it was damn dogs. Please you put a dog above a person REALLY WOW!!!!!!
    —————————–
    The big difference between guys like Dante Stallworth (killing people) and Michael Vick (killing dogs) is intent. Stallworth did not intentionally kill that guy. He did not torture him for his own pleasure. He did not set up fights to the death between two people.
    Stallworth made a stupid mistake, and it’s unforgivable. Vick was stupid, but did not make a mistake. His actions were intentional, and were repeatedly carried out over a long period of time. Huge difference.

  45. @ billybengal:
    I appreciate your words and more importantly, the sentiment behind them. And you just reminded me of the obvious : this site is not for rational discourse. Its for bitterness. Your sincerity is wasted in these parts.
    Youre a good man.

  46. @ billy
    that is the most logical and clear thing I have ever read on here. Well done sir and thank you for your service.

  47. @billybengal – Beautiful man, just beautiful.
    @Adam-Chris Scheftersen – Great intentions but wasting ur time bro, too busy stickin up for his homey to read about or even care about what MV really did. Guys like that spend too much time flappin on subjects they ain’t educated on…

  48. Not much news on the Falcon front is there? Sort of a rough year for you guys, huh? There’s always past players to talk about. I see a few Falcon fans were congratulating the Saints on their SB win. You do realize that the Saints laugh their asses of at your team, don’t you? Yet, you felt compelled to kiss kiss their asses. What a joke.

  49. Frankly, I think it was pretty obvious that Vick wasn’t giving his full effort while he was playing. Most of us played sports at some level, and while I didn’t play anything past college, I can usually tell when someone isn’t giving their all. It doesn’t change my opinion of him as a player, it was already pretty low. It can just be hard to see someone waste all that talent.

  50. What Michael David Smith neglected to mention was that Vick blamed his laziness on his off field marijuana use. Wonder why he left that tidbit out? Huh.

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