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Quotable Michael Vick, LeBron James

Originally Published: September 7, 2011
By Thomas Neumann | Page 2

LeBron James, Michael VickESPN.com Illustration

Are the Philadelphia Eagles the Miami Heat of the NFL?

This offseason, the Eagles added Jason Babin, Ronnie Brown, Vince Young, Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to an existing core of Michael Vick, DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy and Asante Samuel.

Babin and Young helped spark Eagles-Heat comparisons in late July. Babin posted on Twitter: "I feel like we are the Miami Heat of the NFL ... Except we win the final game ..." Meantime, Young referred to the Eagles as a "dream team."

With this comparison in mind, Page 2 presents a quotes quiz featuring the alpha dogs of each team, Vick and LeBron James.

See if you can distinguish which of the following quotes are from James and which are from Vick. Good luck!


1. "Yeah, I would like to be compared to people like Ali and Jordan someday."

(A) LeBron James
(B) Michael Vick


2. "I'm humbled. I'm blessed that I'm able to get back to this point and be able to redeem myself."

(A) LeBron James
(B) Michael Vick


3. "Everywhere I've been, I've been the best player. I love being a leader, and I love being the best. I just want to get better. It's not about being cocky or selfish or anything like that. It's just how I am."

(A) LeBron James
(B) Michael Vick


4. "The Boys & Girls Club helped make me the man I am today. Because of the lessons I learned there, I'm not only a better athlete, but also a better person."

(A) LeBron James
(B) Michael Vick


5. "This is an opportunity that I don't think I could have dreamed of. But everything that I've gotten over these past two years I've embraced."

(A) LeBron James
(B) Michael Vick


6. "It's a lot of money, however you look at it. Obviously, it's going to create a lot of demands. I know what comes along with it, and I know how to handle it"

(A) LeBron James
(B) Michael Vick


7. "If I didn't believe in this team and this organization and the direction that we're headed, I wouldn't have signed the extension."

(A) LeBron James
(B) Michael Vick


8. "When you see there's no way you can get any hotter ... You've got to take on an opportunity when it's in front of you, and that's what made this decision for me."

(A) LeBron James
(B) Michael Vick


9. "I know I have to be very careful about the company I keep. ... Well, I'm not going to let anybody ruin this for me. I know a lot of people will be counting on me, and I'm not going to let them down."

(A) LeBron James
(B) Michael Vick


10. "I played football for a team called the East Dragons on the east side of town. We only had six regular-season games. And six games I played tailback and I had 18 touchdowns in six games. That's when I knew I had some athletic ability."

(A) LeBron James
(B) Michael Vick


Bonus. "We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves."

(A) LeBron James
(B) Michael Vick





Answer key: 1, b (2011); 2, a (2011, referring to the 2007 NBA Finals); 3, a (2005); 4, b (2005); 5, a (2010); 6, b (2011); 7, a (2006, on re-signing with the Cavaliers); 8, a (2003, on skipping college and turning pro); 9, b (2001, to the Roanoke Times, prior to being selected first in the NFL draft); 10, a; Bonus, Trick question -- Surprisingly, neither; this quote is actually attributed to the Dalai Lama.

Rating guide: 0-2 correct answers: Public Enemy No. 1.

3-4 correct answers: Widely criticized by media, fans.

5-6 correct answers: On the road to redemption.

7-8 correct answers: No. 1 overall draft pick.

9-11 correct answers: Nine-figure, multiyear contract.

Thomas Neumann is an editor for Page 2.


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