---Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick told GQ Magazine he would have preferred playing for the Buffalo Bills or Cincinnati Bengals, but NFL commissioner Roger Goodell urged him to select Philly.
After his release from federal prison, Vick wanted to go somewhere he could be the starting quarterback and he told GQ that Buffalo and Cincinnati were better options.
But after meeting with Goodell and other NFL officials, Vick was convinced to go to the Eagles as a third-stringer -- a situation he says he is now grateful he accepted.
“I think I can say this now, because it's not going to hurt anybody's feelings, and it's the truth … I didn’t want to come to Philadelphia,'' Vick told GQ. "Being the third-team quarterback is nothing to smile about. Cincinnati and Buffalo were better options.’’
But Vick, according to GQ, was convinced-and granted league approval-to sign with Philadelphia.
"And I commend and thank them, because they put me in the right situation," Vick said.
GQ hits news stands today.