- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 30, 2011

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Michael Vick shared some laughs, and offered up an occasional smile. But for the most part, his Tuesday news conference announcing his new contract was handled the same way he’s handled everything since he landed in Philadelphia two years ago.

All business.

“The common goal is to bring that ring back to the city of Philadelphia. That’s why we play,” Vick said. “That’s what we’re all working for. As a competitor, I don’t feel my career will be complete without that.”

And so begins the next phase in one of the league’s more remarkable comeback stories. With the business of his new, six-year, $100 million contract out of the way, it’s time for Vick and the rest of the star-laden Eagles to shoot for that elusive Super Bowl title.

The Eagles won the 1960 NFL championship, but have been to just two Super Bowls since, losing both.

Not that there’s any pressure or anything.

“It’s a lot of money, how ever you look at it,” Vick said. “Obviously, it’s going to create a lot of demands. I know what comes along with it, and I know how to handle it.”

Vick’s deal makes him the third-highest-paid player in the NFL, behind only New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. And the former No. 1 overall pick who served 19 months in a federal penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kan., on felony dogfighting charges before joining the Eagles, is now the first player in NFL history to sign more than one $100 million contract in his career.

Vick, 31, became the Eagles’ backup quarterback when they traded Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins after the 2009 season, and he became the starter last September after replacing an injured Kevin Kolb.

He was named NFL Comeback Player of the Year in 2010 after winning eight of 11 starts, throwing a career-high 21 touchdown passes and rushing for nine more. But despite engineering a memorable 38-31 comeback win over the New York Giants that ultimately led to the NFC East title in December, Vick and the Eagles were dumped at home a month later in the playoffs by the Green Bay Packers, 21-16, in the wild-card round.

But this year, knowing he’ll open the season as the starter, and knowing he has perhaps the most name-heavy roster in the league on his side, it appears like it’s Super Bowl or bust.

Which is why coach Andy Reid and Co. are more than happy to see the quarterback happy.

“This is a great story all the way through,” Reid said. “This is really what America’s all about. Second chance and Mike took full advantage of that. And then when he was given a second chance to start in the National Football League, he took full advantage of that and turned it into this.”

And the next stop _ after a detour vs. the New York Jets in the preseason finale on Thursday _ will be a week from Sunday in St. Louis, where Vick will make his first opening-day start in five years vs. the Rams.

“(I) go back in time and think about how hard it’s been over the last two years,” he said. “But (despite) the sacrifices I had to make and what I had to give up, it’s been all worth it.”

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