Michael Vick on his past: “I became better at reading dogs than reading defenses”

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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is coming out with a book entitled Finally Free, and in it he talks about where his mind was at during his dog fighting days.

“Back when I was involved in those activities, I may have become more dedicated to the deep study of dogs than I was to my Falcons playbook,” Vick said via the USA Today. “I became better at reading dogs than reading defenses.

“That’s just so sad to say right now, because I put more time and effort into trying to master that pursuit than my own profession … which was my livelihood … which put food on the table for my family.”

Vick says he regrets not being honest with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell from the beginning .

“I knew how to lie with a straight face. Sad to say, Commissioner Goodell bought into what I was saying, and I think he truly believed me that I was telling the truth,” he said. “I deeply regret not telling him the truth from the outset.

“It was a very nervous time for me. I knew I was going to try to lie my way through the whole dogfighting case and see if money, good lawyers, and manipulating the system could get me out of the position I was in — which was a terrible position.”