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“"It's always something that's going to be a part of me," he said. "It's the reason why I work so hard each and every day. It's the reason I come to work dedicated to become the best that I can be. Nothing's going to come easy in life, and I've learned a lot of lessons, some the hard way, and I think just the things that I've been through have helped mold me into the person I am and what (is in) my future and that's continuing to do things the right way." Vick spent the 2007 and 2008 seasons in prison, backed up McNabb and Kolb in 2009 and then began last year on the bench. But after Kolb suffered a concussion on opening day, Vick replaced him and within two weeks, Reid had named Vick his permanent starter. The Eagles traded Kolb to the Cardinals last month, eliminating any doubt Vick was their quarterback of the future. A week from Sunday in St. Louis, Vick will make his first opening-day start in five years. "(I) go back in time and think about how hard it's been over the last two years," he said. "But (despite) the sacrifices I had to make and what I had to give up, it's been all worth it." And now, the hard part. Vick and his new-look teammates will soon embark on a journey that could ultimately result in the franchise's and the city's first Super Bowl title. The Eagles won the 1960 NFL championship, but have been to just two Super Bowls since, losing both. "The common goal is to bring that ring back to the city of Philadelphia. That's why we play," he said. "That's what we're all working for. As a competitor, I don't feel my career will be complete without that." Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Obviously, it's going to create a lot of demands. I know what comes along with it, and I know how to handle it. But it's not even about the money. It's about the changes that have been made in my life.” -- Michael Vick on new contract