Player Profile: Michael Vick QB

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Vick started his pro career in 2001 after 2 years of college play. He went to the Pro Bowl the very next year. He was selected to the Pro Bowl 3 times between 2001 and 2006. He started and played every game in 4 of these 6 seasons and of the 4, 3 were winning seasons (the Falcons went 7-9 in 2006).

Vick was born and raised in the housing projects of Newport News Virginia. He lived there until 1999 when we went off to Virginia Tech. In high school Vick was a star player. He once rushed for 6 touchdowns and threw for 3 more in a single game.

As a senior, he passed for 1,668 yards, accounting for ten passing plus ten rushing touchdowns. Vick was very blessed to have a coach who was also a valuable mentor (Tommy Reamon). Reamon helped Vick study for his SATs and attempted to give him a solid foundation to move forward upon.

Vick’s first year at Virginia Tech, 1999, he was once again a star who orchestrated dramatic come backs and thrilling stats. Immediately, there were signs of showboating and instability. In his very first game against James Madison he scored 3 touchdowns in the first quarter.

Unfortunately, the third TD concluded with a thrilling flip, awkward landing, and an injury taking him out of the game (out of the next game also). However, by the end of his fresh man year Vick led the NCAA in passer efficiency, finished in third place for the Heisman Trophy, and won an ESPY Award as the nation’s top college player. His sophomore year, although less celebrated, was equally as thrilling. Although Vick had been given a 4 year scholarship, after playing 2 he decided to enter the NFL Draft.

Vick was selected in the 2001 NFL Draft as the first overall draft pick and was the first African American quarterback ever taken number 1 in the NFL Draft. From 2001-2006 Vick passed for 11.5k yards and 71 TDs, rushed for 3,800 yards and 21 TDs, and led his team to the playoffs twice. He also earned just under $62M in NFL salaries and bonuses alone.

Sadly, in 2007 this was all taken away. No real need to discuss the dog fighting offenses here. But in effect he was brought back to the projects of VA when he was sent to prison. Vick’s debt to society has been paid, but will he ever be able to permanently escape “the projects”. Will he be able to make mature decisions that benefit both himself and those around him in a positive manner?

Personally, I think he deserves a second chance. I believe we all deserve a second chance. The Rams have a rebuilt offensive line, a real need for a dynamic player, and nothing to lose. I think they might be a good home for him. Best wishes to super star Michael Vick.


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  2. Jeff Roman says:

    I’ll take the opposite stand on this, because the Rams have denied having any interest in Vick from day 1.

    The first the Rams would lose by signing Vick is fans. And that is something the Rams do not have any to spare.

    Let me quote myself from http://www.ramsgab.com/2009/06/24/big-name-available-player-primer-michael-vick/
    “So, let’s see. The Rams don’t run the wildcat. If they do, they have someone on their roster who would be great anyway [Steven Jackson]. So, they don’t need Vick and don’t want the distraction. So, no to Vick for the second time.”

    We don’t need Vick, nor do we want the media circus. We now have a young squad and we should be giving carries or snaps to a talented, but aging running QB.

    Let’s make that No to Vick for the 3rd time.

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