Eight years ago a new type of football was introduced into the NFL. The dual threat quarterback was born when Mike Vick was brought to the Atlanta Falcons organization. Now, eight years, 71 passing touchdowns, six seasons, and 21 months in prison have brought Vick into a promising role in the Philadelphia Eagles offense.
Vick is calling his return to the NFL " a dream come true," and Coach Andy Reid has full confidence in Vick to stay focused on and off the field. Vick's second chance has given grievance and anger to NFL fans all over, and even those who are not NFL fans have opinions. The protesters gathered the Philly streets when Vick's signing was announced, but the Eagles' organization is fully confident with their decision.
Mike's numbers from 2001-2006 with Atlanta were promising, and got better as he aged into the league.
- 92 Touchdowns (71 passing,21 rushing)
- He became the first QB ever to rush for 1,000 yards in 2006.
- He played three full seasons from 2004 to 2006
- Threw for 11,000 yards and ran for 3,800
- Led the Falcons to the NFC Championship Game
There is reason for hope in Philadelphia with the addition of Vick. The Eagles are already a solid team and if they can avoid the distractions that a player with history will bring in, they can put up offensive numbers like never before.
The truth is, Michael Vick is back in the NFL. He returns to action this weekend against the Kansas City Chiefs, and it does not matter who agrees or disagrees with his return now, because he is back.
He is a man with a second chance and we can only hope he capitalizes on it.
God bless the man who will soon return to run the "Wildcat," for he has already ran the dogs out of town.