Michael Vick is making some bold proclamations.
He's the most despised player in the NFL, according to Tom Van Riper of Forbes—and for good reason—and he should be thankful that he's working and getting paid $100 million for being an injury-prone, turnover machine.
Although there's a large contingent of people who stopped rooting for the Eagles once Vick was signed by the team in 2009, Vick did manage to win over a good deal of fans with his good plays in the 2010 season. That season ended, of course, when Vick heaved a badly underthrown pass to Riley Cooper, which was picked off by Tramon Williams with 33 seconds remaining in the birds' opening round playoff loss to the Packers.
In the 2011 offseason, the Eagles spent money like the proverbial drunken poet-sailor-on-shore-leave-on-payday locking up many high-priced free agents. At the time, Vince Young, their newly signed backup quarterback, declared them the NFL version of "the Dream Team".
How'd that work out for them?
Michael Vick played horribly in 2011. He was hurt early and often and his substitute, Young, played just as poorly. Wideout DeSean Jackson pouted and short-armed his way through the season, only to be inexplicably rewarded by the Eagles for his immature behavior with a fat, five-year, $51 million contract. The defense was horrendous, though that didn't stop Jason Babin from constantly pumping his chest and posturing.
The Eagles were 4-8 before playing four meaningless games against four equally lousy teams in December to salvage a .500 season. Those four games have the fanbase and local media pundits convinced that the 4-8 start, the lackluster defense and the spotty play of an inconsistent and injury-prone quarterback were all merely just mirages.
Now, as another training camp is upon us we find that Michael Vick has taken the horrific actions of his past and decided to profit from them with a book.
Given what an eloquent speaker Vick is, I'm sure it's a great read, you know except for those chapters about the brutal murders of dogs and how he allegedly spread STDs knowingly to the women in his life.
While promoting said book Vick told CSNPhilly:
When I look at our football team and what we have on paper, I think about when I was growing up and the great San Francisco 49er teams, the great Green Bay Packer teams, and the great Dallas Cowboy teams, how they just positioned themselves to compete and be one of the best teams out there.
I think we have a chance to be that. I think we have a chance to develop a dynasty.
You hear that?
Vick thinks this team, which hasn't won a playoff game with him behind center and which went 8-8 last season, is poised to be a "dynasty".
Never mind that you need to actually win one championship (or even a playoff game for that matter), to even start thinking about being a dynasty—Michael Vick sees the Eagles as potentially being one now.
Here's the other thing: the 49ers had Joe Montana, the Cowboys had Troy Aikman and the Packers (who themselves only won one Super Bowl during Vick's youth—not exactly a dynasty) had Bret Favre; all were Hall of Fame quarterbacks.
Is Vick putting himself in their league? There's a thing called hubris, there's a thing called delusion and there's a thing called insane stupidity. Michael Vick is showing that there is a thin line between all three—at least in his case.
Abraham Lincoln famously said, "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."
Michael Vick should take Honest Abe's advice.
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