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Vick Says Andy Reid Has Been “Sort of a Father Figure”

Michael Vick has been with the Eagles three years and his relationship with coach Andy Reid has evolved over the years.

“I can say that while coach has been in my presence, while I’ve been here, he’s been a sort of father figure,” Vick told Albert Breer of, as the Eagles went through their final day at Lehigh. “(As) a father figure, you’re mentoring someone, anyone you care about, you’re gonna tell them the right things to do, the correct way to do things at the right time, and give them advice when they need it. And that person needs to be open and easy to talk to. That’s a father figure.”

“I can honestly say he’s been the substitute for the man in my life that I don’t have right now. It’s great, because I really don’t have too many people to lean on.”

“I mean, I’m close with him. I understand that. It’s obviously humbling, because is a good kid,” Reid said. “When you go through certain things with certain people in your life, you become very close to them. He knows I’ll always be there for him, to help him out. That doesn’t mean I’m not gonna coach him hard or do those things, but I’ll always be there for him.”

“He’s helped me develop tremendously as a man,” Vick said. “I’ve grown so much as an individual, just from talking to coach and learning his ways and how he thinks and how he goes about things. Sometimes when life can be so complicated, just sitting down and talking with him can make everything seem so easy to deal with. That’s because he’s smart, he’s very attentive and he cares. And I really appreciate that. Coach has done some wonderful things for me.”

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