Michael Vick might not be the first person most people would turn to for advice but LeSean McCoy has been offered some by his controversial former teammate today.
McCoy, since being sent on his way to Buffalo by the Philadelphia Eagles, has been embroiled in some controversy of his own after seeming to suggest that head coach Chip Kelly picked his roster based on race.
In light of the outspoken comments, Vick, who like McCoy is no longer a member of the franchise, has handed out some words of wisdom. Whether running back takes notice is another question.
"I try to give my little piece of advice that I can offer him," Vick explained at a charity golf event this week.
"The only think I try to tell him is stay positive, don't expose yourself so much. You're still blessed to be playing in the NFL, a great league, and don't take things so personal. Your life is great on and off the field. Keep it that way."
Speaking from experience
Michael Vick, having served 21 months behind bars for his his role in an illegal dog fighting ring, can speak with authority on allowing off-field issues to ruin prospects on it.
And whilst McCoy's recent comments concerning Chip Kelly are nowhere near that league, the six-year veteran would perhaps be wise to take on board Vick's comments after allowing recent actions to detract from his footballing talent.
Concentrating on proving the Eagles wrong with his work on the gridiron for the Bills would certainly please Rex Ryan more than hearing his star addition engaging in back and forth with his former employer.
Water under the bridge?
On McCoy's comments, Vick believes both the RB and head coach have now moved on:
"Shady said that for his own reasons...I know Chip personally and I don't feel that way about him. I try not to even look at it that way."
"I don't know why Shady said that. Maybe it was because of personal encounters. We just try to leave it at that, but I know Shady has moved on, Chip has moved on and we should all leave it at that."
Both Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy have fallen victim to Chip Kelly's complete overhaul of the franchise since he arrived from Oregon.
However, rather than race being the motivating factor it is far more likely that age (Vick) and a high cost (McCoy) are why neither of them will be wearing Eagles jerseys in 2015.
Eagles fans: Did Kelly make the right call to trade away McCoy? Have your say in the comments below...
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