Michael Vick got a raucous ovation at Imhotep Charter School as he spoke to the students about the dangers of, as he put it, losing focus on his life long goals and the legacy he hopes to leave for himself. Afterward, he said he hopes Donovan McNabb gets a "positive" reaction from fans Sunday.
Vick was speaking at the West Oak Lane school as part of his agreement with the Humane Society of the United States to take part in presentations meant to discourage dog fighting. Standing in front of an "End Dogfighting" banner, he urged the high school students to stay focused on their goals and not stray into destructive behavior. A recap of the event is here.
After speaking, Vick talked to reporters mostly about his work with the Humane Society, but was also asked about how fans might react to McNabb.
"Don gave a lot to the city of Philadelphia, he dedicated himself, not only on the field, but out in the community. It was known and I think everybody is conscious of that and I think it should be a positive reaction. It will be a positive reaction," Vick said.
The game might be a highlight of the schedule for fans, but Vick said he is treating it like any other.
"For me it's just another game, and I’m pretty sure Donovan feels the same way," he said. "We both know what’s at stake, and ultimately at the end of the day you want to win a game. The hype of me playing against him is not going to change anything. It's not going to help us out there on the field."