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NFL commentary: Vick is one of a kind

Vick Sees Self As Pioneer


By GLENN MINNIS
XN Sports

Even through all his self-inflicted setbacks and in the face of his NFL mortality, Michael Vick knows his worth.

"I revolutionized the game," Vick told ESPN in no uncertain terms of his unmatched mobility. "I was the guy who started it all. I changed the way it was played in the NFL."

Granted, Vick's level of modesty may need as much retooling as the offense he and Rex Ryan are painstakingly seeking to craft in New York, but the 11-year vet does speak the truth. Take your pick of Colin Kaepernick, Cam Newton, Robert Griffin III, and even Johnny Manziel and know that more than likely none of them would be without the evolution of one Michael Dwayne Vick.

"The things I've done, I've pretty much surpassed myself and expectations," added Vick, with no apparent disrespect meant to the likes of Fran Tarkenton, Randall Cunningham, Donovan McNabb, Steve McNair, and Steve Young.

But in the end, the truth is the truth, no matter how brutal it may be. And being the all-time leading rusher from the quarterback position (5,857 yards) and top rusher in average yards per carry from that same spot (7.1) lets you know the man who arguably lost what should have been his most productive years to a prison sentence for running a dog-fighting ring has done it in a way no one preceding him ever did.

These days, the soon-to-be 34-year-old Vick is largely spending his days pondering who he may have been and what stands make people a bit more accepting of him in the here and now.

Within days of signing his one-year deal with the Jets, Vick was blitzed by angry petitioners outside the Jets' Cortland, New York training facility still angry over his dog-fighting ways and seeking to run him out of their town before he could so much as gain a footing.

Vick took it all in stride, insisting all the criticism now means little to him, yet in the same breath you clearly hear how much he truly seeks redemption in the eyes of those that would be his new fans and across all of NFL Nation as a whole.

"My life has nothing to do with their life and their beliefs," he said. "I mean, what's done is done. Look at all the good. My message to them is, look at the good I've done, all the thousands of lives that I've saved, the people I've saved. That's most important. That's what the focus should be on, the lives that are being affected."

Much of that good, derives from the Team Vick charitable foundation for at-risk youth he now runs, which prides itself on striving to "bridge the gap between donors and communities," promoting hope and changing the quality of life for those residing in some of the country's most economically depressed neighborhoods.

Imagine that, after all those Sunday evenings of running for his life from the likes of Ray Lewis to Warren Sapp to Robert Mathis, Michael Vick is now running something that has the reach to positively influence and impact the lives of countless others.

Now that's change to believe in.

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redletter2008 June 22 2014 at 12:27 PM

Vick is a despicable piece of garbage. Only a naive buffoon would believe this vermin has changed his ways. Anyone capable of repeatedly slaughtering their own pets, and doing God knows what else that wasn't publicized, is simply evil. It's trash like Vick that turned me off the NFL for good. I hope Vick suffers the same fate that his unwanted dogs did!

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padawangussin June 22 2014 at 12:30 PM

Vick Tortured Dogs for entertainment. that is how he should be remembered.

And that is what kids should be reminded of. Not to look at him as some kind of hero.

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missimin June 22 2014 at 12:51 PM

There's something terribly wrong with someone who can eletrocute dogs in front of his children, drown them, murder them and feel nothing. Any remorse he has is written into his football contracts.. I'm glad he's gone from Philadelphia and I hope New York dog lovers make his life miserable.

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DueGee Mack missimin June 22 2014 at 2:39 PM

There is no such thing as murdering a dog.

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racjaa DueGee Mack June 22 2014 at 5:20 PM

Yes there is.

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Ezeestreet missimin June 22 2014 at 3:08 PM

Just looking at this terrible person makes me sick.Would never ever want to meet him.One of these days he will be punished. I hope so anyway

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lesleynascar June 22 2014 at 12:24 PM

Hope someone snaps his neck during a game. Let the dogs he murdered and tortured forgive him.

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denise lesleynascar June 22 2014 at 9:05 PM

A bit too painless I think!!

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Esther June 22 2014 at 12:52 PM

Stop talking about this piece of ****!! Anyone who thinks this piece of **** is ANY kind of positive role model for ANYbody is also a piece of ****!! Google the pictures of exactly what he did to those poor dogs! It wasn't "just" fighting. He literally tortured them, hung them, beat them to death, set them on fire alive ETC! The ones who died fast were the lucky ones!

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sneakyp957 June 22 2014 at 12:58 PM

He used to be pretty good at beating up middle-aged white women when he was 18 years old and had 8 or 10 homies giving him backup.

He may still be good at it with backup,but now he is a ghetto rat with millions,so people get paid off to not testify.

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DueGee Mack sneakyp957 June 22 2014 at 2:43 PM

Wake up out of your night mare in which such imaginary things are taking place....psychiatric consultation should take fist priority on your things to do list so Get of the computer and seriously seek help.

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Sally June 22 2014 at 12:46 PM

Vick...go find a hole and crawl in and die. Or better yet...turn all the dogs that survived your horror loose on you. Who cares what you think about yourself. It's easy to hide behind fancy talk. Go suck eggs (poison eggs) you scumbag!!

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LACASSE Sally June 22 2014 at 2:06 PM

UR.ALL.SICK

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robn June 22 2014 at 12:27 PM

feed him to the lions

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JC robn June 22 2014 at 12:37 PM

I doubt the Lions can catch him. Suh and Fairley just aren't that fast.

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savannahswithgod JC June 22 2014 at 4:39 PM

Hey that's pretty kool J.C. but maybe he will be stationary for a minute on the sidelines on in the huddle and one of them can get a good hit on him. A few thou penalty nothing to those guys, setting out a few games, Hell a vacation!

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brainslug JC June 22 2014 at 6:02 PM

Neither is Vickie, JC, neither is Vickie

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Welcome MSGT robn June 22 2014 at 6:02 PM

No self respecting lion would eat this foul tasting piece of trash.

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Tom June 22 2014 at 12:53 PM

Another athlete with an unsupported ego. The facts are that scrambling QB's date back to Tarkenton, Vick is small, injury prone, a poor passer and not a play maker. His career has been average to poor at best.

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Helen Tom June 22 2014 at 1:37 PM

Over Paid, Under Achieving, Mediocre Quarterback. He never should have been allowed back in the NFL. If they can give him a second chance, they should give Pete Rose 1 as well. Vick has not learned 1 single lesson from his Prison Time. It is a shame that all of the Pit Bulls that survived him can't be brought to 1 of his training sessions and turned lose on him.

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Gus Richards Tom June 22 2014 at 1:46 PM

You are so right. His talent never matched his hype. Sure, in his couple of ok seasons, he scrambled and gained a lot of yards, but that was because he was usually running for his life. He never was any good at reading defenses, and he sure hasn't improved with age. As you said, his frail body made him prone to injury, thus the reason he only played a full season, what, twice? Now that he's older, when the big D linemen catch him, he won't last many games. Hopefully the jets have a plan C to fall back on.

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DueGee Mack Gus Richards June 22 2014 at 3:38 PM

You say he gained yards because he was running that is just what he was supposed to do, this is the game where the objective is to take down the man with the ball and as the quarterback he does have the ball. So you call it running for his life and say he can' read defenses, but he apparently is doing it well as the article brought out he has changed football.

As for frailties no human can play the game of football without injuries so he being injured does not make him frail but just shows that he is human...

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gail7rltr June 22 2014 at 1:16 PM

He is a total piece of s--t. I hope he gets what's coming to him. I will be the first to cheer if he gets injured!!!

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LACASSE gail7rltr June 22 2014 at 2:07 PM

UR..ALL..EVIEL...!!!!!

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singlelovingit56 gail7rltr June 22 2014 at 3:32 PM

you go gail. im with you, hes an evil pos. he will get his , wait and see people , what goes around, comes around.

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harleyman singlelovingit56 June 22 2014 at 6:45 PM

ME 2 !! ANY 1 THAT EVEN WATCHES PRICK TRY 2 PLAY FOOTBALL IS AS LOW AS PRICK !!

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