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“I’m not a psychopath. I’m not crazy. I’m a human being,” Vick told The AP. “What happened in my past and what I did in the culture I grew up in doesn’t shape and mold me as the person I am now. I said it before, that I wish I can own a dog and I’ll continue to say it. I’m not allowed to, but I’m just saying I wish I could because my kids ask me every day. It’s more so for them than for me.”

In a sports-crazed town, Vick has become the man around here. Cliff Lee and the Phillies stole the spotlight for a couple days this week, but the attention has shifted back to Vick as the Eagles get ready for the showdown against the Giants.

Vick is the main reason the Eagles are a strong contender to reach the Super Bowl. He’s playing better now than he did back in his days with the Falcons when he went to three Pro Bowls. Vick has thrown for 2,513 yards, 17 touchdowns and just four interceptions. He’s also run for 483 yards and seven scores. His passer rating of 104.3 is second only to New England’s Tom Brady.

Vick led the Eagles to a 27-17 win over New York on Nov. 21. He knows the importance of beating the Giants again because the loser will likely have to settle for fighting for a wild-card berth and playing on the road in the playoffs.

“We all know the magnitude of the game. We know it’s a big one,” Vick said. “Where else would you want to be? What other position would you want to be in? We’re playing against a good team, so we’re going to have to be at our best. We’re going to need each and every day this week, as far as our preparation and getting ready to play a good football game. Come Sunday, it’s going to have to be lights out on both sides.”