Speculation the past couple of days that the Eagles could sign Plaxico Burress after he is released from prison on June 6 (and, of course, after the lockout ends) has made its way to Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, who says he's on board with the idea. Vick was asked about Burress during an interview Monday on WIP-AM radio and said he would "absolutely" approve of the Eagles' signing the former Giants wide receiver.
Burress"I think with the guys we have now, I think we can fit him in and we can make it work," Vick told the radio station. "Obviously the ultimate goal at the end of the day is to put that ring on your finger at the end of the year."
Vick obviously knows all about creating a post-prison success story, as he's in the middle of one himself with the Eagles. I didn't love the next part of his quote, though:
"I think certainly Plaxico is going to come out with a chip on his shoulder the same way I did, and he'll go out and help this football team to whatever capacity he can."
Yeah ... I kind of thought a key part of the Vick narrative was that he came out of prison humbled, ashamed of what he'd done and ready to make it right. Not "with a chip on his shoulder." I actually think that the way Vick has carried himself since his release and his signing with the Eagles indicates a lack of chips on his shoulders. So I guess it's possible that the quote was just an example of an athlete leaning on a cliche during an interview and not really thinking about what he was saying. Because if Vick came out with a chip on his shoulder, who was he mad at, exactly? Who did he think did him wrong?
Again, I'm more interested in judging a guy on his actions than his words, and Vick's actions since he's been out of prison have been admirable. But if I'd been conducting the interview, I hope I would have followed up and given him a chance to clarify the "chip-on-shoulder" comment, because I'm not sure that's exactly what the man wanted to say there.