Addressing rookies at the NFL Rookie Symposium on Monday, Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick spoke of his past troubles and urged the players not to count on second chances.
“I got that chance to do it again, thanks to Roger Goodell,” Vick said. “Fellas, don’t get it twisted. This man is the real deal. He don’t play. If he asks you a question, answer with honesty. Tell him the truth. If you get into some trouble, be honest, truthful, forthright. Don’t play with this man. He’ll love you to death, but the minute you cross him, he’ll be all the way turned up.”
“Be accountable for everything you do. You can’t blame anybody else for your actions. The choices that you make each and every day are what shape your life.”
Also speaking to the rookie class was Cincinnati Bengals CB Adam Jones. Jones credits a meeting with Commissioner Goodell in 2007 as an important moment in his career.
The night before he met with Goodell, a meeting that led to a one-year suspension for violating the NFL Personal Conduct Policy, Jones went to a strip club.
“That was probably the stupidest (expletive) decision I ever made in my life,” Jones told NFL.com. “It was just stupid. I went up to meet the commissioner after some more stuff. The night before I met him, I went out. I didn’t do anything — just went to get something to eat. But I was at a strip club. I stayed there for 10 minutes, and he knew.”
Jones served his suspension and currently plays for the Bengals.
“I wouldn’t want any of those guys to go through what I’ve gone through,” Jones said. “It’s not fun being on the news every day for this mistake or that mistake because your boy did this or you did that. At the end of the day, my oldest girl is six right now, and she can read. She can type my name into a computer. You don’t want her to see all of those negative things.”
“I brought myself back to Earth. I shed everything, and I got back to the people who have gotten me this far. That’s not the way I want to live. I wouldn’t put my reason for changing on anyone except myself.”