Everyone got all loopy over the Goodell comment, but here's more revealing quotes:
"I had lost confidence and was losing my love of the game. Football wasn't fun anymore," Vick told ESPN The Magazine. "If I had stayed in Atlanta, I'd be a year or two away from retiring."
"In the NFL, schemes make great quarterbacks," he added in the ESPN The Magazine interview. "I love Atlanta, but I wish now I would have been drafted by the Eagles."
It has been widely presumed that Vick's 21 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to financing a dogfighting ring altered his perspective. But Vick told GQ that prison wasn't where he decided to make changes.
"No ... I had changed my life long before then. I was just with the wrong team at the wrong time," Vick told GQ.
"I was turning the corner. I was cutting my braids off. I was changing my life. I wanted to live the life where football and family were the only things that mattered. I was ready to do it. I felt like time was running out on my career. I needed focus," he said, according to GQ.
So, would he still be an elite quarterback if he'd never went to prison or was never discovered to have been involved in dogfighting?
"Only if I had gotten traded to the Philadelphia Eagles," he told the magazine. "They never tried to change me."