Tuck: Is The Michael Vick Experience Over?
Philadelphia Eagles QB Mike Vick has been permanently benched for Nick Foles. Vick signed a 6 year, $100 million deal last August. That actually was his second $100 million deal of his career. He basically had two careers. And after a wildly entertaining career defined by many things other than those contracts, is it reaching its end, again?
Mike Vick will probably have a 3o for 30 story about him one day on ESPN. We commonly call players like him phenoms. That works, but those Nike commercials deemed, "The Michael Vick Experience" capture what he was so much better.
Vick was a rare Heisman finalist as a freshman at Virginia Tech leading the Hokies to the National Championship game. He was the #1 overall pick with the Falcons trading up for him in the draft. He was also the first black QB to go in the top spot. He led Atlanta to a playoff win in Green Bay, the first home playoff loss ever for the Packers. He broke his leg. He came back. He rushed for an all-time quarterback best 1000 yards in a season. He has more career rushing yards than any quarterback ever. Oh, and of course there was that whole dog-fighting gambling ring thing that he went to prison for two years over. He came back, sat behind Donovan McNabb a season, and then had a Comeback Player of the Year season in 2010, perhaps the best year of his career. And then last year wasn't as good, and this year was a disaster for him and the Eagles.
That is the ultra-condensed version of events. But is it over?
Certainly there will be no shortage of teams looking for a quarterback this offseason. I'd count the Jags, Jets, Bills, Chiefs, Raiders, and Cardinals for sure among teams that could be looking.
But how tempting is an injury-prone, turnover-prone, controversial, 32 year old quarterback to a NFL franchise?
Vick missed 4 games in 2010. He missed 3 in 2011. He has missed 3 this year with injury, and may not return to the field for any of the final 5.
He has an unacceptable 32 turnovers in the last 22 games he's played.
He certainly has his off-field critics that still spew venom upon his named being broached.
And he is no kid anymore, turning 33 before next football season.
There are so many layers to peel when you discuss Mike Vick. He has had a fascinating career, and life, open to our discussion and critique. I would say that I am not sure what else he can add, but who knows really? Maybe he ends up as a backup on a contender and ends up playing for a title? I just don't know.
I do know, it has been a memorable experience following one of the most uniquely talented football players to ever play.