- Phil Sheridan, ESPN Philadelphia Eagles reporter
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After talking about practice, potentially starting Sunday against the New York Giants and the progress of his injured hamstring, Vick was asked about the dubious distinction.
“I care nothing about that,” Vick said. “I care nothing about people that dislike me. I care nothing about people who still have ill feelings about me. What matters most to me is the people I do know care about me. That’s something you can never take away from me.”
According to the poll, 53 percent of respondents named Vick as an NFL player they disliked. San Diego linebacker Manti Te’o was second at 48 percent, followed by Detroit Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
It has been four years since Vick was released from federal prison, where he served 18 months for charges resulting from a dogfighting ring. Vick was reinstated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in 2009 and signed with the Eagles that August.
He has not been in any kind of trouble since then. He has gotten a few endorsement deals. Still, his image clearly remains tarnished.
“I don’t feed into all that,” Vick said. “People are entitled to their own opinions, and I respect it. Just let me do what I do, let me be me. As long as I have my freedom, my health and my family, nothing else matters.”
PHILADELPHIA -- Michael Vick talked to reporters Tuesday for the first time since a new Forbes.com poll declared him the “most disliked” active player in the NFL.