When Michael Vick entered the NFL many were curious how things would work out for him as a quarterback. One look around the NFL today and you see many young, fast quarterbacks dotting the landscape of the league. According to Michael Vick, they can thank himself for that.
“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.”
Vick, who is about to turn 34 years old, has amassed over 25,000 yards of total offense in his career, which gives credence to his claim. He also is the leading rusher at quarterback with 5,857 yards on the ground during his time in the league.
However, Vick has missed out on the one thing every NFL player wants—a Super Bowl ring. After heading to the NFC Championship game in 2004 with the Atlanta Falcons, Vick thought he’d for sure get his shot.
Yet, in the ESPN.com interview, Vick claims that he virtually had to do it himself back in those days.
“It’s (the Super Bowl) something I’ve always shot for. When we went to the NFC Championship Game in 2004, I was almost certain I’d be involved in two or three more, at least. It goes to show how tough this league is. This is such a team game that, even in my prime, I couldn’t do it all by myself.”
Whether revolutionizing the way quarterback is played or not, Vick has gone from mega-star to backup quarterback at the age of 34. Time is running out for Vick to get that Super Bowl ring he so covets, and in 2014 it will be on Geno Smith, not Vick, to get him that ring.