On the day it was reported that Nike had signed him to a new endorsement deal after dropping him four years ago because of dogfighting, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick spoke to children at a youth football camp in Baltimore.
During his appearance at former Falcons teammate and Baltimore native Keion Carpenter's camp at Woodlawn High School on Friday, Vick answered questions from the youths attending.
He spoke about his involvement in a dogfighting ring that cost him nearly two years in a federal prison and led Nike to dump him as a product endorser in 2007. He returned to the NFL last season with the Philadelphia Eagles and has resurrected his career.
Vick took the blame for getting in trouble.
"I was 27. I should have known better," he told the kids.
A local youth asked about how he was treated by the media and Vick responded that if he had not put himself in that position, the media would not have covered him and he would not have ended up on TV.
The story that might have struck closest to home for the young athletes was how he became a quarterback. He told the kids that from ages 7 to 11 he played running back because a good friend of his was the quarterback. But his friend "got caught up" in the streets and was shot. That's when Vick took over as quarterback.