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Don't know much about him, don't care much about himPosted Tuesday, August 21, 2007, at 7:29 AM
I really don't know a lot about Michael Vick.
I know he was a great college quarterback. He was the type of athlete that doesn't come around often. He could rocket a ball down field, but he could also beat you with his legs.
Side note: Having said that, Indiana football fans may remember someone similar, Antwaan Randle El?
Anyway, I know Vick was the top draft pick when he came into the National Football League. He learned under Chris Chandler, a good quarterback, albeit one that had a tendancy to get concussions.
Vick took the reigns in Atlanta and did what he did in college. He threw and he ran.
Critics will talk about how he beat Green Bay on the road in the playoffs, something that at the time, was considered unbelievable.
But, honestly, what has he done since? And for that matter, what has he really done?
His statistics are affable for quarterbacks in the NFL, but not star-powered stats.
And yet, for some reason, this is a player that is considered one of the best. The poster child of the league.
What are these critics watching?
I could care less about the fact that he can run like lightning. What has it done for Atlanta?
I could care less about the fact that he can throw bullets. What has it done for Atlanta?
The way the Falcons' offense is set up, for that matter, it really doesn't matter that he can rocket slingshots 60 yards down the field. I honestly don't remember seeing a clip of him doing that in recent years. The Falcons dink a lot.
But I digress.
Other than beating the Packers on the road in the playoffs, Vick hasn't lived up to unfair hype.
He is a decent quarterback. But he's not one of the superstar quarterbacks in the league.
He doesn't live up to Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Donovan McNabb, Drew Brees, etc. There are numerous quarterbacks in the league that are just flat out better.
But yet, for several years, Vick has been considered one of the best. An unusual type of player.
But Randall Cunningham already existed. McNabb did the same type of things before his recent injuries. Duante Culpepper was comparable until injuries as was Steve McNair. And the league can now boast Vince Young.
Vick made a huge mistake. He let his starpower persona get the best of him.
And he should pay for it.