Michael Vick: Comeback Against N.Y. Giants Provides Next Hurdle in Career

WesAnalyst IDecember 20, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 19:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles passes against the New York Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium on December 19, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Michael Vick walked on to the field at the New Meadowlands with 8:09 remaining in the fourth quarter and the Giants thoroughly handling the Eagles 31-10.

It was the biggest on-field challenge Vick faced as an Eagle and he responded with the greatest comeback in team history as the Eagles won 38-10 and claimed first place in the NFC East.

Oddly enough though, the greatest on-field challenge he faced could bring about the greatest off-field challenge.

How will Vick respond to the success and all praise that comes with such a win?

It was a problem Vick faced in Atlanta, and it was part of the reason he found himself in jail from December 10, 2007 until July 20, 2009 and out of the NFL from 2007-08.

Many people will laugh at this thought because Vick has handled himself incredibly well this season regardless of the situation.

He was named the team's backup quarterback to Kevin Kolb at the start the season, even though many people thought he was more talented.

Vick immediately found himself on the field in the first game of year against the Green Bay Packers when Kolb went down with a concussion. At the time the Eagles trailed 13-3 and eventually fell into a 20-3 hole before Vick nearly led the Eagles back to a nearly improbable win.

With Kolb still on the shelf, Vick lit up the Detroit Lions for 321 total yards and two touchdowns. The fans were drooling for more, but it was not to be.

The next day Andy Reid stoically named Kolb the starting quarterback. Vick took the news in stride and was prepared to ride the pine.

The following evening, Reid took it back and named Vick the starting quarterback. Once again, Vick rolled with it and produced another 321 yards of offense, but upped the touchdown total to four against Jacksonville.

It all came to a screeching halt when he went down with a chest injury against the Washington Redskins. Kolb replaced Vick, looked confident and led the Eagles to a 2-1 record in Vick's absence.

This time though, Reid said the job was Vick's when he was healthy. Since his return Vick is considered an MVP candidate and among the league leaders in Pro Bowl voting.

The success though has never reached this point following the miraculous win against the New York Giants.

And with the increase in success there will be a lot of fans who doubt Vick's ability to remain focused, because he is entering uncharted territory and continuously needs to prove himself.

No one is going to suggest Vick will fall back into his old habits and find himself in legal trouble.

But would it be foolish to think Vick will let the success go to his head, publicly demand a new contract, disconnect himself from the fans and negatively influence his game?