Beamer: Vick comeback a lesson in second chances
Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said Tuesday that Michael Vick
doesn’t look like he’s lost anything and will have ”a story to
tell” as his NFL comeback continues.
Beamer saw highlights of Vick’s first start since 2006; he led
Philadelphia to a 35-32 victory against the Detroit Lions on
”He didn’t look like he’d lost it, did he?” Beamer asked
smiling. ”I mean, he was zipping that ball and made a couple of
”He’s going to be back in a big way, I think.”
The former Hokies quarterback has played well for the Eagles
since replacing the injured Kevin Kolb in Week 1. He has rushed for
140 yards, passed for 459 more and thrown three touchdowns. He has
also displayed his ability to escape pass rushers that once made
him the league’s highest paid player.
The Eagles have liked what they have seen also, announcing in a
text message Tuesday night that Vick will start against
Jacksonville this week. Vick was expected to return to his backup
role after Kolb was cleared to play following his concussion this
Even before the Eagles announcement, Beamer had said Vick’s
comeback gives his former star a platform to help others learn from
his mistakes, and to show that mistakes can be overcome with hard
work and determination.
”If he can get back – and I think he will, I don’t think
there’s any question about that – then I think he’s got a story to
tell,” Beamer said. ”’I made mistakes. You’re responsible for
your actions, and then I came back from them.”’
Beamer said Vick can turn his ordeal into a positive if he is
able to affect other kids with his story.
That possibility makes it easy for Beamer to root for Vick.
”The guy’s working awfully hard to get it back, and I’m pulling
for him because I know he’s a good person,” Beamer said. ”He made
some terrible mistakes, but he’s a good person.”