2010-11 Flavor of the Month recipient Michael Vick was asked about the Peyton Manning to Philadelphia rumors that caused Andy Reid to babble some kind of denial, and he responded in pretty much the most Michael Vick way possible:
“I don’t know how true it is and I really don’t care, I’m one of the best.”
The question was brought up during a speaking engagement Vick had with high school students, because if there is one thing high schoolers know how to do, it is to be incredibly awkward around strangers.
Historically speaking, Vick has been known not to care about certain things that people usually would care about, so this statement isn't too big of a surprise. He has the tremendous ego that fits the stereotype of a professional athlete, so the last part of his statement is hardly shocking.
Vick isn't one of the best in the NFL, at least not anymore. He's at the bottom of what you would consider "marquee" quarterbacks, ranked 11th overall in DYAR (Defense-adjusted Yards Above Replacement) by Football Outsiders last season.
He is not really of any importance to the NFL's brand moving forward (a task saved for the Brady's, Brees' and Rodgers' of the NFL universe), but he is still forced to do menial tasks like his series of "Sorry I got caught" themed anti-dogfighting public service announcements.
It is tough to say whether or not Manning would have made an extraordinary mark on the Philadelphia Eagles, but Vick was kind of just there last season, never making a tremendous impact or influencing games the way he did during the 2010-11 season. He led the Eagles to a disappointing 8-8 season and no playoff berth, in spite of high aspirations specifically set by backup QB Vince Young.
Vick is now in a position where he needs to prove that the Eagles didn't need to sign Manning and he needs to prove he is "one of the best."
I mean, I won't personally care, but I'm sure Eagles fans will because they seem like the type that would.
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