Vick has turned career around after troubled past

Three years ago, Michael Vick was a broken man serving a 23-month prison sentence for his role in a dog fighting ring. But now, Vick is back and playing statistically the best football of his career. Vick, the starting quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles, currently has the highest quarterback rating in the National Football League, and a strong argument could be made for him being awarded the MVP of the league. All year long, Vick has turned doubters into believers, proving that he hasn’t lost a step; if anything, he has gained a step or two.

When Vick was with the Atlanta Falcons, he awed football fans with his incredible play-making ability; he was known league wide for his ability to run – make Vick throw and he would beat himself.  Now, Vick’s poise in the pocket is stunning, not only does he continue to make plays with his feet, but he is throwing the ball with amazing efficiency. Vick is the only starting quarterback in the NFL who has yet to throw an interception.

The Philadelphia Eagles were the only team brave enough to give the disgraced quarterback another chance at playing the game he loved. When the Eagles took a shot at Vick, they never could have imagined how amazing the results would be. The Eagles signed Vick to a two-year deal hoping he would give an added spark to an offense led by Donovan McNabb. When McNabb was traded in the offseason, Vick saw the opportunity to compete for a starting job; but even then the Eagles saw Kevin Kolb as being the franchise quarterback for the future. A Kevin Kolb concussion lead to Vick getting entered into the game, and Vick impressed. In one half, Vick passed for 175 yards and a touchdown while running for 103 yards on 11 attempts. Andy Reid and the Eagles got a glimpse of just how good Vick could be for them.

Last Monday, on a cold and rainy night in Landover, Maryland, Vick went off. He threw for 333 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 80 yards and two touchdowns; becoming the first player in NFL history to have at least 300 yards passing, 50 yards rushing, four passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns in a game.

“It’s great, you know to have the opportunity … after going through so much over the last three years. I told myself I … would give it everything I got.” Vick replied when he was asked what it’s like to being playing football again.

Michael Vick has become priceless to the Eagle’s organization; and he might just be holding a prestigious trophy when the season comes to an end.