Michael Vick: Proving Andy Reid and the Philadelphia Eagles Made the Right Pick

Alex WilsonContributor INovember 18, 2010

LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 15:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles throws a pass against the Washington Redskins on November 15, 2010 at FedExField in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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Anybody still think head coach Andy Reid made a mistake naming Michael Vick as his starting quarterback over Kevin Kolb?

Didn't think so.

Vick and the Eagles brought a special delivery to FedEx Field during the Monday Night Football game, absolutely decimating the Redskins 59-28 in a match gushing with records that will go down as one of the most lopsided affairs the NFL has ever seen.

The 592 total yards eclipse the Eagles' previous benchmark of 583 established in 2005, and the 59 total points and eight touchdowns are good for second most in each category in team history.

The 28 points scored in the first quarter and the 45 tallied by halftime are both team records for Philadelphia, with the latter matching Washington's team record for points allowed in one half.

But the most stunning aspect about this game is what was accomplished by Vick, the former No. 1 overall pick who, just 18 months ago, was still sitting in a jail cell.

In perhaps the most dominant performance by a quarterback in NFL history, Vick threw for 333 yards on 20 of 28 attempts with four touchdowns and ran for 80 yards on eight attempts with a pair of rushing scores.

He became the first player ever to amass over 300 yards through the air and 50 yards on the ground while throwing for four touchdowns and rushing for two.

In other words, if you had him on your fantasy team this week, he single-handedly carried you, just as he seemingly single-handedly propelled the Eagles into the record books and elite status in the NFC on Monday night.

What's incredible about Vick's renaissance in 2010 is that this was a man almost exclusively written off no more than a year and a half ago, a fallen star who permanently destroyed his life and legacy.

But the events that seemed to signify the end of Vick—his prosecution, indefinite suspension from the NFL and subsequent 23-month prison sentence—have now already proven to actually be the beginning of Vick, the new Vick. His plight appears to have reshaped him not only into a better quarterback with a stronger work ethic, but an individual with a renewed sense of class that was close to non-existent before.

Of course, it would be naïve to say that he transformed himself on his own. Eagles head coach Andy Reid, the man who knows all about second chances (helping his sons through drug problems), and the man who took a risk on Vick when it seemed nobody else was willing, has certainly played a major role in the renaissance of the quarterback.

It's truly a perfect match, and I'd say the so-called high risk Reid took last summer is reaping astronomical rewards—not only for the Philadelphia Eagles, but for the league, the fans and the very principle of second chances.

It's a story that just keeps getting better.