Mike Vick on coping with the Garrett Reid tragedy.
Eagles quarterback Mike Vick has been through a lot. When the world had him down and out it was Eagles coach Andy Reid that saw the value that remained in him and gave him another chance.
As the leader of the Eagles, Vick has the uneasy task of helping younger players come to terms with how they must handle this situation and being the face of the franchise during a trying time.
Vick’s recent Q&A that was provided to Players View sheds light on what he must do to now help Reid as he comes to grips with the loss of his oldest son Garrett.
A: “It’s difficult. It’s difficult for us all. It saddens anyone when somebody loses a loved one. I’ve been through it within the past five months. It’s tough.”
Q: How do you balance sadness with going about the business of playing football?
A: “We just have to find some kind of inner peace and find a way to stay focused. It is what he would want us to do and just keep everything in line.”
Q: Is going to practice is therapeutic?
A: “Yeah, it was great to get out there and throw the ball around a little bit and kind of get it off of your mind. When you walk off that field is when it hits you again and there is no escape from it.”
Q: How much do you think about your own children at times like this?
A: “That’s the difficult aspect of it. I have three kids of my own. I have a son. It just makes you want to strengthen the relationships that you have and enjoy them each and every day and not take life for granted. It is all in God’s will and in God’s hands and when he calls us then we have to go.”
Q: What did Garrett Reid bring to the team?
A: “Just a great spirit [with] a lot of enthusiasm, fun to be around and always is going to make you smile when you are in a bad mood. He can always get you to crack a smile and that’s what I am going to miss about him. That is what I enjoyed each and every day. In the offseason he was one of the reasons [that] being with [head strength and conditioning coach] Barry Rubin that I came to work five days out of the week.”
Q: Did Garrett Reid remind you of Andy Reid?
A: “When you talk to Garrett you see Andy. It is just two different personalities, two different people but the same make up.”
Q: How tough will the ceremony for Garrett Reid will be?
A: “It’s going to be tough but we will find the strength to get through it.”
Players View sends our thoughts and our prayers to the entire Reid family and Eagles organization throughout this period of loss and sadness.