“My whole life was a lie.”
So said Michael Vick, when the Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback sat down for a candid interview with his former coach, Jim Mora, that will air Sunday on NFL Network’s GameDay Morning.
While Vick’s resurgence has been perhaps the biggest story in the NFL so far this season, the one-time superstar who did jail time for his involvement in a dog-fighting operation has not opened up to the media about his past since rejoining the NFL. Until now.
At least one person involved in the interview, NFL Films producer Steve Trout, found the interview to be “riveting.”
“I’ve interviewed a lot of players over the years but I can’t remember a more riveting sitdown,” Trout said. “Here’s a guy, in Vick, who had two years of solitude to digest all that he had done. In his time back in NFL, he’s said all of the right things but we’ve never seen him open up. … The dialogue between Mora and Vick was alarmingly honest. It was a 50-minute confessional.”
Vick displays his transparency near the beginning of the interview.
“(I’ve) changed a lot, coach,” Vick explains. “As far as my personal development, you know, I had to change a lot in my life. And a lot of times we talked and you gave me advice on things that I needed to do, but I didn’t listen at the time. I had too many outside influences, Coach, you know, too many outside influences and too many people in my head.”
Mora spent three years as Vick’s head coach in Atlanta. While they have always been close – Mora spoke to Vick the night before he went to prison — this interview marked the first time they had seen each other in person since Vick’s release from prison.
“What ensued was one of the most open, sincere and candid interviews you’ll see on television,” said Trout. ”And maybe the most refreshing thing was Vick, himself. He was humble, he was contrite and like Jim said at the end of the interview, ‘after seeing it, if you doubt the sincerity of his words, something’s wrong with you.’”
You can see for yourself on Sunday, when the full interview airs on GameDay Morning.