Michael Vick fell short of propelling the Philadelphia Eagles into last season's Super Bowl, but the NFL Comeback Player of the Year finds himself in a heated battle for another title -- facing Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis in the finals of the "Madden NFL 12" cover-model contest, decided by online fan voting.
"I am superstitious. I won't say what kind of superstitions I have, just know I have plenty of them," Vick said. "At the time, I was very superstitious. And at the time, I got injured. I broke my leg before the season. But it was God's plan. It wasn't meant for me to be out on the football field that time. But I put my faith in a higher power now. Things that I may not want to happen, I put my faith in Him and live life."
"The cover of Madden. It's global. And everybody plays it," Vick said. "It's a game that you look forward to playing every year," adding that he "always played Madden growing up" after receiving it as a Christmas gift in 1992.
Vick downplayed a report that EA Sports defended him against People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and independent activists who penned letters urging to keep the quarterback off the cover.
"I haven't even heard about that. I really don't pay attention to what's being said by anyone, whether it's ridicule or whatever," he said. "I can't continue to respond to that. I appreciate EA Sports standing tall and sticking up for me. I will continue to be positive. Let other people be negative. That's their view. They're entitled to their opinion. I won't try to change it."
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Vick stepped into the Eagles' starting quarterback spot last season after Kevin Kolb suffered a concussion in the opener. Vick set career highs for passing yards (3,018), touchdown passes (21), completions (233), completion percentage (62.6) and passer rating (100.2). He also rushed for 676 yards and nine scores.