"This one feels great due to the fact that I've been through so much and trained to getting back to this position," Vick said after the NFC all-stars opened practice Wednesday in Kapolei, Hawaii. "It's paramount for me and my family, and I'm just thankful."
"I'm enjoying the guys, and I'm enjoying being out here playing football," he said. "This is what you work for. You work hard to get in this position. I'm ecstatic to be here."
"I'm going to try to put on a great show for the fans," Vick said of Sunday's game against the AFC all-stars.
Vick also will receive a $1.9 million bonus for reaching certain contractual playing-time plateaus, NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora reported Wednesday, citing a league source. Vick's base salary in 2010 was $3.75 million.
Vick's running is largely what got him into the Pro Bowl in the past. He takes satisfaction in knowing that his passing was better than it has ever been this season.
"I feel like this one, I had to work hard to get it," he said. "It came in a different fashion. I displayed different talents this year and showed really what I could do in the passing game along with doing everything else. Everything just came together, and it worked out for me."
Vick set career highs in passing yards (3,018), touchdown passes (21), rushing touchdowns (nine), completion percentage (62.6) and passer rating (100.2). The Eagles (10-6), who were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Super Bowl-bound Green Bay Packers, went 8-3 in games Vick started and finished.
Vick's last throw still stings. He threw an interception in the end zone with 33 seconds left to seal the 21-16 playoff loss to the Packers.
Vick doesn't have a contract for 2011, and he could become a free agent if the NFL labor situation allows. The Eagles want him back, and Vick wants to stay in Philadelphia, which gave him a shot when it seemed no one else would.
"Hopefully, I'll be with the Eagles next year. We'll see what happens," said Vick, who added that he expects "everything to go according to plan."
"We'll see what happens over the next couple months. I just got to be patient and take it day by day," he said.
"Matt is great. The coaching staff is great. We're just having a good time," Vick said. "I like what they're doing in the offense, and it's been easy. We're going to go out and try to have fun and everybody enjoy each other."
After his 2007 arrest and later conviction, he went from living in a 20,000-square-foot mansion near Atlanta to broke and bankrupt. His reputation paid a bigger price as he went from hero to hated.
Vick served 18 months in Leavenworth, Kan.
This week he's staying at a posh, oceanside hotel at Ko Olina Resort, savoring his experience with his teammates and soaking in the 80-degree weather.
"I'm definitely enjoying the weather," he said. "I'm about to hit the golf course right now, so we've got to cut the interviews short."
Things seem to be turning around for Vick off the field as well. He just signed his first paid endorsement contract since his release from prison -- a two-year contract with Unequal Technologies, a provider of the shock-blocking football pads that Vick wore most of the season.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.