Michael Vick GQ Interview: Eagles QB Says He 'Didn't Want To Come To Philadelphia'

08/18/2011 12:34 pm ET | Updated Oct 18, 2011

Michael Vick's long road back to NFL stardom has been captivating. But if Vick had his way after his release from prison in 2009, then his recent success may never have happened.

The Philadelphia Eagles star, who was an MVP candidate in 2010, revealed in an interview with Will Leitch for GQ that Philadelphia was not his first choice.

"I didn't want to come to Philadelphia. Being the third-team quarterback is nothing to smile about. Cincinnati and Buffalo were better options," he told Leitch.

The GQ profile revealed that Vick was convinced by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and other league reps to sign with the Eagles despite having offers from Cincinnati and Buffalo, two places where he believed that he could have been the starting quarterback much sooner.

Vick signed with the Eagles in 2009 after serving 18 months in prison for being convicted of conspiracy and running a dogfighting ring.

As Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk points out, the Bills and Bengals will probably want to know why Vick was steered away from their teams.

The Bengals had, and sort of still have, quarterback Carson Palmer on their roster. Palmer ended up leading the Bengals to a 10-6 record and a playoff appearance that year.

Cincinnati could certainly use a Vick now, considering Palmer has requested to be traded and threatened to retire if that request is not granted.

Buffalo may have made Vick the starter in 2009 since they were listing the lackluster likes of Trent Edwards and Ryan Fitzpatrick at the top of the depth chart. Of course, it's conceivable that one of those two options would still have been prefered to a guy who had been in jail for almost two years and out of the league since 2006.

In Vick's opinion, his redemption would not have been successful in those cities anyway.

"The reason I became a better player was because I came to Philly," he said later in the interview. Even when he was asked if he would be an All-Pro today had he never gone to prison, Vick said, "Only if I had gotten traded to the Philadelphia Eagles."

RELATED: Watch Vick discusses Philadelphia's preseason win over Baltimore.

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