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Michael Vick Says He Was Better Video Game Athlete Than Bo Jackson

Joe Pantorno@@JoePantornoFeatured ColumnistFebruary 7, 2017

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 01: Former Atlanta Falcons player Michael Vick walks on the field prior to the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Georgia Dome on January 1, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C.  Cox/Getty Images)
Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

When it comes to football video games, two of the most unstoppable characters ever were Bo Jackson in Tecmo Bowl for Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and Michael Vick in Madden 2004.  

The newly retired Vick recently went on Fox Sports 1's TMZ Sports and declared his character was even better than Jackson's from the late 1980s (00:53 mark):

Considering countless friendships were undoubtedly ruined when gamers fought over who could be Jackson and the Los Angeles Raiders in Tecmo Bowl, Vick's confidence is noteworthy. Jackson could barely be touched in the game, and a simple handoff would often turn into an automatic touchdown as soon as he began zigzagging his way all over the field.

Roughly 15 years later, Madden 2004 participants scrambled to be the Atlanta Falcons with the cover athlete, Vick, under center. According to David Dennis Jr. of The Undefeated, Vick was rated a 90 overall with 95 speed, 97 accuracy, 98 throwing power and 92 elusiveness. 

In Madden 2004, Vick could throw the ball 70 yards and run faster than any running back, which brought his play against the rest of the virtual league to an otherworldly level. 

The gap in time between the release of Tecmo Bowl and Madden 2004 will likely separate the Jackson-vs.-Vick debate by age group, making it difficult to determine who truly was the greatest video game athlete. 

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