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Michael Vick Is an Okay NFL Quarterback—Nothing More, Nothing Less

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles sits on the sideline with an injured right hand in the fourth quarter against the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field on September 25, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Giants defeated the Eagles 29-16.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Matt SteinCorrespondent IISeptember 28, 2011

Why are we so infatuated with Michael Vick

Seriously, take a second to think about it and try to come up with a respectable answer. I've tried and I've tried, and I can't come up with even a decent answer.

Look, I don't disagree that he had a fantastic season last year. He was fun to watch and he brought excitement to the quarterback position that we have never seen before. We were glued to the television every time the ball touched his hands, because we couldn't wait to see his rocket arm finally be accurate or his legs propel him past every defender on the field.

But that was last year and this year, and the only year that matters right now. What has Vick done? His statistics of 605 passing yards, four touchdowns, two interceptions and seven fumbles don't scream excellence. In fact, those statistics scream mediocrity and possibly even worse.

You can point to injuries being the main factor for his statistics, but doesn't that feel like a poor excuse? He's still playing through those injuries, so, what, am I to make up excuses based on his decisions? Vick is the one that decides to step on the football field and play.

When Aaron Rodgers suffered a concussion late last season, did he force himself to get back on the football field? Absolutely not. Could the Green Bay Packers have desperately used Rodgers? Absolutely.

When you realize that blaming Vick's play this year on injuries is unjustified, you have two options. You can either continue to come up with false reasons why we should care so much about Vick or you can realize that Vick is simply an okay quarterback and nothing more.

I'm done lying to myself and telling myself that Vick is magical. I'm done being deceived by the media. I bet if you were to look on the front page of Yahoo! Sports, ESPN, CBSSports.com and Bleacher Report, you would see some story of Michael Vick and why he deserves more of our attention.

I'm not buying it and neither should you. Michael Vick is simply just an okay NFL quarterback. Nothing more, nothing less. 

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