Michael Vick was sound asleep on Christmas Eve, when his cell phone awoke him with such a clatter, he rose from his bed to see what was the matter, Vick said Monday.
Turned out a jolly man with a bushy mustache had left Vick a present.
"When I called him back, he told me exactly what had happened," that Nick Foles had a hairline fracture in the second metacarpal of his throwing hand, so Andy Reid wanted Vick to start the season finale this Sunday against the Giants.
In what we all assume is his final game as the Eagles' coach, Reid will go out with the quarterback he entrusted his future to, three seasons ago. Reid and Vick will go out together.
"It feels good that I have a chance to play quarterback this last game," Vick told your Eagletarian, just before his Christmas charity event in Vick's hometown of Newport News. Va. "Whether it's coach's last game or my last game, whoever's last game it is, it's the last game of the season (for the Eagles) and we want to win it."
Vick was the third quarterback Sunday, inactive against the Redskins. The sense was he had thrown his final Eagles pass. Can he switch back into starting mode so quickly?
"I just have to find a way to do it this week at some point," Vick said. "I gotta find a way to get back into game mode."
Is he ready?
"I hope so. I can't tell you I'm going to be as sharp as I was" when he suffered the concussion Nov. 11, Vick said. "I've really only had one week to work at it. But I'm going to do the best that I can, man, see what comes out of it, have fun doing it."
Vick said he isn't looking at this as an opportunity to show prospective employers he is healthy. The Eagles are expected to move forward with Foles. They won't owe Vick any more money if they release him a few days after the Super Bowl, and if they're willing to pay $3 million then, they can try to trade him during the spring.
"I don't think I really have to go out there and perform, show teams what I can do," said Vick, 32. "I think they already know."
Vick endorsed what Reid said earlier Monday, that Vick wanted to play again, even on a 4-11 team that is going nowhere.
"I've been telling coach, 'if you need me, I'm here,' Vick said.
"He's had a couple of weeks of practice here," Reid said of Vick. "I thought the first week, he was a little bit rusty out there, I thought this past week, he threw it around well, he feels good ... He obviously deserves an opportunity to play."