In an excerpt from his upcoming book, "Finally Free," the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback recalls his state of mind as he became consumed by the illegal dogfighting ring he bankrolled.
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"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 also writes about deceiving NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell as news of his involvement in illicit activities came to light.
"I knew how to lie with a straight face," Vick wrote. "Sad to say, Commissioner Goodell bought into what I was saying, and I think he truly believed me that I was telling the truth. 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."
Honest, if not particularly flattering, stuff. "Finally Free" will be released Sept. 4.