Vick says he should have played 'a bit more'

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick reaffirmed his desire to start for another team but declined to speculate which team that might be, during an interview with the Daily Press in his hometown of Newport News, Va.

Vick, entering the last year of his contract, is due a $1.5 million roster business on March 5. The Eagles seem likely to pay the bonus and then work out a trade. 

"I accomplished a lot, probably should have been out there a bit more," Vick told David Squires during a 30-minute conversation at his aunt's real estate office. "But I totally understood my position coming in. And I couldn't override any decision. … So moving forward, what I want to do is get into position where I have my own team and becoming a starting quarterback again."

Vick also dismissed a statement by a Playgirl magazine spokesman of an offer to pose nude in exchange for a $1 million donation to PETA.

"I don't know where that came from, but I won't comment on it," he said. "I'm focused on trying to put myself in a position where I can excel, so I won't entertain that."

Vick also touted his "The Michael Vick Project" on BET. He said future episodes will be more uplifting than the beginning episodes, which focused on dogfighting.

"There were a lot of people who really wanted to know what I was going through," he said. "There were a lot of inquiring minds and people who wanted to talk. There was lots of 'we support you' and 'we love you,' and a lot of smiles ... And that was even before I was incarcerated ...

"I always knew I'd have the opportunity to do that type of show because any athlete who's been through a lot of controversy would have an opportunity to do that. So I just wanted to put mine together in my own way."

For a look at the teams that might be interested in Vick or Donovan McNabb, check out Paul Domowitch's analysis by clicking here.

Also, as the scouting combine begins, take a look at our list of players the Eagles should be checking out by clicking here.


One more item to pass along, as we told you yesterday, ESPN's Scott Van Pelt was the victim of Captain Janks on "SportsCenter," when Janks called in and pretended to be Brian Westbrook. (The link includes video.)

During his radio interview on 97.5 The Fanatic yesterday, Westbrook said former teammate Ike Reese called him to tell him about the impersonator. "I don't know where they got that guy," Westbrook said.

As for the other victim here, ESPN's Van Pelt, he seemed to take the whole thing in stride.

"Many of the most respected anchors in the business, folks far more respected than me, have been on the wrong end of Howard's loyal following," Van Pelt told "Here's a little-known fact. I was on the receiving end [of a prank call] back in the day at The Golf Channel. So, I believe this places me in rarified air. How many people have twice on live TV heard the dreaded words 'Howard Stern'? I'm just bummed that my 'Hi, YouTube' comment was not caught on camera, because I knew that's where this moment was headed."