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A Fan's Perspective on What Michael Vick Means to the Philadelphia Eagles

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 09:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles takes the field before playing against the Green Bay Packers in the 2011 NFC wild card playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 9, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Jasen ShenCorrespondent ISeptember 4, 2012

There isn’t another quarterback in the NFL that compares to Michael Vick. Not by style. Not by controversy. Not by scrutiny. Not by any means.

The man who was once imprisoned and rightfully hated by the nation has since found solace. He has reinvented himself during his three-year tenure with the Philadelphia Eagles. So, in a way, this article should explain what the organization means to him—not the other way around.

However, Andy Reid and Eagles fans understand the importance of keeping their starting quarterback healthy and on the field. They know that in order for the Eagles' big-play offense to succeed, they need Vick’s cannon arm and nimble feet to extend plays and deliver the ball downfield to the likes of DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin.

Nick Foles has shown some flashes of brilliance during the preseason, but let’s be real: The Eagles aren’t going to make it to the Super Bowl with a rookie signal-caller.

Vick is the only one who has full command of the huddle. He is the one his younger teammates idolize. He is the one that defenses fear.

But that wasn’t how it all began.

When Vick landed with the organization, he was nothing more than a gadget. Taking the field only in Wildcat sets, Vick was behind Philadelphia’s all-time leader in wins, Donovan McNabb, and their future franchise quarterback, Kevin Kolb. 

It seemed as if though he would never start again.

But as luck would have it, an offseason trade that sent McNabb within the division and an injury to Kolb in the season opener of 2010 gave him a shot at redemption. Needless to say, he cashed in on that opportunity. 

Not only did Vick earn himself a second $100 million contract, but he was also able to launch his very own clothing line. This marked the turning point of his post-incarceration career; it signified his acceptance back into society.

This season marks the first time since his arrival that Vick will have the benefit of an entire offseason with the team.

With the sight of a disappointing 2011 campaign still in their rearview mirror, tensions and expectations for the Eagles are once again very high.

Whether or not MV7 can deliver the City of Brotherly Love an ever-elusive championship remains to be seen.

One thing is certain, though: Michael Vick has put on a show in more ways than just one.

 

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