The commander-in-chief has a two words of advice for the comeback kid of the NFL: “slide more.”
At a campaign stop in Oakland on Monday, Obama asked Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, who introduced the president at the event, to transmit a message to his teammate, quarterback Mike Vick.
“He told me to tell Vick to slide,” Asomugha told the Philadelphia Inquirer on Wednesday during training camp. “Promise. We talked about football for about three or four minutes and the one thing that stuck out, ‘Tell Vick to slide.’ He’s a big fan.”
Vick, it seems, is taking the president’s advice.
“If the President of the U.S is saying I need to slide then I really need to start sliding. Lol. Thanks Mr. President!” the quarterback tweeted on Wednesday.
While Obama is a die-hard Chicago Bears fan, the president has been a big supporter of Vick’s comeback. When the Eagles announced in 2010 that they would give Vick a second chance after his 19-month jail stint for illegal dog fighting, Obama called the team’s owner and praised the decision.
“He was happy that we did something on such a national stage that showed our faith in giving someone a second chance after such a major downfall,” Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said of the call, according to Sports Illustrated.