Michael Vick Says He Feels Disrespected by NFL Peers

Wes ODonnell@wesodonnellFeatured ColumnistJune 12, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 01:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on from the sideline during a game against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field on January 1, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Michael Vick is one of the most physically gifted athletes ever to play in the NFL. He doesn't, however, always play up to that potential and struggles to stay on the field as well.

His peers know this better than anyone, well, maybe not better than coaches that have had to deal with it first hand, but that is another story.

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 24:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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For the second straight year, NFL.com has conducted a poll from a number of NFL players ranking the top 100 players in the game. Vick checked in this year at No. 70, one spot behind Carlos Rogers of the 49ers and one spot in front of his teammate DeSean Jackson.

Vick joined Mike Missanelli of 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia to talk about football and a number of other things. When asked how he felt about being ranked 70th by his peers, Vick responded (via SportsRadioInterviews.com):

Yeah, that’s a joke.… I won’t say where I need to be, I’ll let my peers and everybody else decide on that. It was voted on by the peers, but I just disagree …Thank you, because they'’ve motivated me to become a better player this year, so I’ll have that in the back of my mind as I go out and play this year as well.

In Vick's nine years in the league, he's only made it through 16 games once. Only twice in his career has he thrown for more than 20 touchdowns, and he's led a team to the postseason only three times. He hasn't won a postseason game since 2004, and he turned the ball over 18 times in 2011 (14 interceptions and four fumbles lost).

No. 7 can be brilliant at times, but he can be just as much a detriment to his team when he's not on the field or when he's not on the mark.

Quarterbacks rated immediately ahead of Vick on the list (to date) include Philip Rivers (No. 61), Peyton Manning (No. 50), Matthew Stafford (No. 41), Cam Newton (No. 40) and Eli Manning (No. 31).

Tony Romo (No. 91) and Tim Tebow (No. 95) rank below Vick on the list. 

Does the Eagles quarterback deserve to ranked ahead of Eli Manning, Newton or Stafford? No way. Does he belong in front Rivers? That is debatable. 

But what we can take away from this the most—other than Eli being criminally low on this list—is that Vick is just about where he belongs.

He's always had a heightened sense of importance, so this is really no surprise, but he doesn't have much of an argument on his side.

He can use this as motivation if he likes, but his peers aren't wrong. If Vick wants to be ranked higher on this list then he needs to perform consistently. 


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