Michael Vick, the Former Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons and current New York Jets Quarterback has made a fairly bold statement.
The current Jets back-up, has claimed that he is a pioneer amongst Quarterbacks who helped to usher in the age of the mobile QB.
Speaking about the young, fast and agile Quarterbacks currently gracing the NFL, Vick claims: "I was the guy who started it all,
"I revolutionized the game. I changed the way it was played in the NFL."
Quarterbacks such as Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts, Washington Redskins Robert Griffin III and Super Bowl winner Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks could all be described as mobile Quarterbacks.
Vick may not have the single touchdown record which belongs to Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos, he may not have lead a team to nine divisional championships in 10 years like Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
What Vick does have, is his status as the all-time leading rusher at the position with over 5,800 career rushing yards.
Being the all-time leading rush Quarterback, could it be said that Vick was a pioneer for players like Colin Kaepernick at the San Francisco 49ers or even the Cleveland Browns new rookie Johnny Manziel?
Vick is unlikely to ever be named as one of the greatest to have graced the league but with over 25,000 career offensive yards, he is certainly a name to remember.
But a pioneer?
Well he claims to have been the first mobile QB in the league and he may have a point, in his first year with Atlanta he rushed for 289 yards and the following year went even better with 777 rushing yards.
I don't know exactly how many Quarterbacks can boast a season with over 1,000 rushing yards but Vick is certainly one of them thanks to his performance in his final year with the Falcons in 2006 where he rushed for 1,039 yards.
So perhaps he did open the door to the more mobile Quarterbacks who look to leave the pocket more than they used to, like in the below video of Russell Wilson scrambling for his life, it made a great play and makes Quarterbacks much more dynamic. (please excuse the audio in the video)
Vick may have a point about his pioneering status but the term pioneer paints the picture of someone who has been at the top of their game for years and has been bathed in glory.
Vick spent six years in Atlanta and five years in Philadelphia before moving to New York to play back-up to Geno Smith.
He has never won the Super Bowl, he has won a few divisional titles and is a four-time pro-bowler but having missed two years due to suspension and legal trouble, he may not be seen as the biggest role model in sports.
Pioneer or not, Vick has left his mark on the game, he turns 34 on Thursday and we will all be watching as New York progress through the season to see if he can earn the starting spot at the MetLife Stadium.
Do you think Michael Vick is a pioneer for the new generation of Quarterbacks we have in the NFL right now? let us know in the comments.
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