Beamer: Vick comeback a lesson in second chances

Photo by Daniel Kay

Photo by Daniel Kay

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said Tuesday that Michael Vick doesn't look like he's lost anything and will have "a story to tell" as his NFL comeback continues.

Beamer saw highlights of Vick's first start since 2006; he led Philadelphia to a 35-32 victory against the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

"He didn't look like he'd lost it, did he?" Beamer asked smiling. "I mean, he was zipping that ball and made a couple of runs.

"He's going to be back in a big way, I think."

The former Hokies quarterback has played well for the Eagles since replacing the injured Kevin Kolb in Week 1. He has rushed for 140 yards, passed for 459 more and thrown three touchdowns. He has also displayed his ability to escape pass rushers that once made him the league's highest paid player.

The Eagles have liked what they have seen also, announcing in a text message Tuesday night that Vick will start against Jacksonville this week. Vick was expected to return to his backup role after Kolb was cleared to play following his concussion this week.

Even before the Eagles announcement, Beamer had said Vick's comeback gives his former star a platform to help others learn from his mistakes, and to show that mistakes can be overcome with hard work and determination.

"If he can get back -- and I think he will, I don't think there's any question about that -- then I think he's got a story to tell," Beamer said. "'I made mistakes. You're responsible for your actions, and then I came back from them.'"

Beamer said Vick can turn his ordeal into a positive if he is able to affect other kids with his story.

That possibility makes it easy for Beamer to root for Vick.

"The guy's working awfully hard to get it back, and I'm pulling for him because I know he's a good person," Beamer said. "He made some terrible mistakes, but he's a good person."