via press release:
NBC News Digital Reporter and TheGrio.com Contributor Mara Schiavocampo Interviews Star QB and MVP Contender
New York, NY—Dec. 14, 2010— NBC News’ Mara Schiavocampo sat down one-on-one with Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Michael Vick today to discuss the 2007 dog fighting controversy that resulted in his prison sentence; and his hopes for the future now that he has returned to football.
On the prospect of getting another dog
MICHAEL VICK: I would love to get another dog in the future. I think it would be a big step for me in the rehabilitation process. I think just to have a pet in my household and to show people that I genuinely care, and my love and my passion for animals; I think it would be outstanding. If I ever have the opportunity again I will never take it for granted. I miss having a dog right now. I wish I could. My daughters miss having one, and that’s the hardest thing; telling them that we can’t have one because of my actions.
Reflecting on the entire experience and his hopes for the future
MICHAEL VICK: This entire situation has changed my life dramatically. Better player, better person. More patience, more persistence, and the willingness to, like I said earlier, set high goals and high standards not only on the football field but in life. And in so many ways I thank God for changing my life and keeping me healthy and putting me on the path to where I can redeem myself and make a great comeback.
What would Mike Vick 2010 say to Mike Vick 2006?
MICHAEL VICK: Mike  probably wouldn’t listen to anything I had to say. So I think it would be like talking to the wall. The conversation probably wouldn’t last no more than two minutes because the old Mike probably would’ve walked away.
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