Michael Vick revolutionized the quarterback position in the NFL. Transforming a traditionally boring position, mostly dominated by white players, and brought excitement to the position and game as a whole. We had not seen a player as explosive, elusive, or uncanny since the days of Barry Sanders, which were cut short by injury. Nevertheless, Michael Vick changed the game of football forever but as far as a guaranteed spot in the Hall of Fame, the jury is still out on that one.
One of the principle reasons that Mike Vick is not a shoo-in for the spot would be his legal trouble. When Vick lied to Arthur Blank and the city of Atlanta then subsequently was proven guilty, he lost all credibility. The fact that Michael Vick actually served time in prison is something that the NFL cannot readily accept. This is something that is homogeneous throughout all major league sports. Major League Baseball got wind of Pete Rose’s gambling and has been denied his entry into the Hall of Fame year after year. Gilbert Arenas brandished a firearm in his organization’s locker room and his career was never the same. The truth is criminality and scandal taint one’s professional image regardless of talent.
Secondly, Michael Vick had the lowest IQ of any quarterback in NFL history. His inability to read defenses and an overall lack of awareness make his case quite shaky especially at his position. Compared to other elite quarterbacks from his era, Vick is light years behind statistically speaking. The likes of Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, and Aaron Rodgers have two to three times more touchdowns and total yards.
The one category in which Michael Vick gains his competitive advantage is rushing. If Vick was a running back, his case would be a lot more solid. Vick, who made three Pro Bowls in six seasons with the Falcons (2001-06), became the first quarterback in NFL history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season with 1,039 yards in 2006, averaging 8.4 yards per carry. Vick was 2-2 in the playoffs, including leading Atlanta to the NFC title game during the 2004 season.
Michael Vick definitely left his mark on the game. At the end of the day the man paid his debt to society and has never proclaimed himself a “saint.” Always accepting responsibility for his actions and attempting to make a positive impact on the youth in the community. Where’s our grace? My argument is at a stalemate for now, however I want to know how you feel. Let us know what you think? Will Michael Vick be a hall of famer in the National Football League one day? Join the conversation via Twitter @Joy105com or @KyleC_Joy105.
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