August 16, 2009

Vick vows to be good example for kids

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick says he wants to become involved in the community once again as an example to young people.

I'm going to still be involved in the community, because I still -- regardless of football -- have a voice that can have an impact on kids because I've been a living example of what not to do, Vick told CBS' 60 Minutes Sunday in his first televised interview since getting out of prison.

Vick went to prison for his role in a large-scale dog-fighting ring based at his Virginia home. The case cost Vick his $130 million contract with the Atlanta Falcons and made him a pariah to animal lovers across the United States.

Vick told 60 Minutes he blamed himself for his troubles and said he deserved to lose his Falcons contract because he failed to put a stop to the operation.

Vick this month signed on as a backup with the Eagles and has also become spokesman for the Humane Society of the United States.

I'm going to let my actions speak louder than my words, he said.