Michael Vick Claims He's Still NFL's Fastest Quarterback
ESPN.com news services documented Vick's comments in the interview, during which he declared himself swifter than San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick and Washington Redskins signal-caller Robert Griffin III:
These guys are young and they're fast and they're quick; the thing I do have is a very quick get-up. I really don't feel like there's a quarterback in the league who can beat me in a 40-yard dash. If somebody wants to set something up, I'll be more than glad to accept the challenge. But as of right now I'm going to say me. But Colin Kaepernick is fast and RG III is fast as well.
Prospective challengers should be wary of Vick, despite the fact that he's taken a pummeling over the past two nightmarish seasons and is turning 33 on June 26.
Vick outraced electric running back and Eagles teammate LeSean McCoy in a 40-yard dash earlier this offseason, although McCoy has accused Vick of cheating, saying he jumped the gun and left too early.
Which QB would win a 40-yard footrace?
With regard to being the fastest QB in the league, that is is quite a bold claim coming from Vick. First of all, Vick has to focus on beating out Nick Foles and Matt Barkley for the starting quarterback job in training camp. Otherwise, he won't be able to prove how electric he can still be.
The selection of offensive tackle Lane Johnson at No. 4 overall will certainly help, and the new offense head coach Chip Kelly brings to the table demands fast tempo and exceptional speed, which Vick clearly possesses.
Though he didn't run at the combine in 2001, it's possible that Vick's time would have beaten Griffin's recently-set QB record of 4.41 in the 40. Kaepernick ran a 4.53 at the 2011 combine but appears faster than that these days.
The read-option is catching on in the pros in a strong way, and Vick could have far more opportunities to show off his epic running ability in those sets under Kelly.
It's just a matter of Vick staying healthy, which hasn't been the case recently. His occasionally reckless style must change if he's meant to carry on his career. Vick leads all quarterbacks in NFL history with 5,551 rushing yards.
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