Michael Vick: “I Revolutionized The Game”
Nowadays, many NFL teams have transitioned from the traditional drop-back quarterbacks like Tom Brady and Peyton Manning to the mobile dual-threat quarterbacks like Cam Newton and Colin Kaepernick. That is the allure of a player like Johnny Manziel, as teams are always looking for the next guy who can lead their team with both his arm and his feet. One could argue that this revolution started when Michael Vick was drafted first by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2001 NFL Draft. Vick, now a member of the New York Jets, agrees with that notion:
Michael Vick respects the fast, young quarterbacks in today’s NFL, but he considers them Michael Vick impersonators.
“I was the guy who started it all,” the New York Jets quarterback told ESPN.com.
“I revolutionized the game. I changed the way it was played in the NFL.”
“The things I’ve done, I’ve pretty much surpassed myself and expectations — over 25,000 yards in total offense in the NFL, and I missed a lot of years and a lot of games,” he said.
“That’s more the reason I have to keep it going.”
Vick goes on to say that the only player he faced that could compete with him athletically was Ravens LB Ray Lewis. I would argue that Steve Young was the real revolution starter, but Vick’s success in Atlanta certainly helped spark the modern day trend.
Either way, Vick undoubtedly played an important role in the careers of mobile quarterbacks today, because while Young may have been the inspiration for Vick’s game, Vick is the inspiration for all of these guys you see today.
Frank Santos- Sports-Kings Co-Founder