Michael Vick was a former first-overall pick during the 2001 NFL Draft. When Vick joined the Atlanta Falcons, he took over the NFL, being viewed as one of the most exciting players in all of football. At the time, the mobile quarterback wasn’t much a thing in the pros.
The quarterback position was more known for guys who stand in the pocket and deliver passes or just simply hand it off. Vick, however, was a quarterback and a running back in one package.
Unfortunately, bad decisions off the field landed Vick in prison and kept him out of the NFL for two seasons. At that point, it seemed like Vick’s days of superstardom were over, as no team was likely to give him a chance.
But the Eagles were ready to forgive and forget, as long as Vick was willing to work hard for them and show that he changed. As it turns out, the Eagles’ decision to bring Vick into the organization turned out to be one of their best moves of the 2000s.
Vick was thrown into the fire during his second season with the Eagles, and he delivered with an 8-3 record, throwing for 21 touchdowns and only six interceptions.
Passing was only half the battle though. In typical Vick fashion, he also carried the ball 100 times for 676 yards and nine touchdowns. That year, Vick led the Eagles to the NFC playoffs and made it to the Pro Bowl.
Although Vick didn’t have the most significant playoff outcome with the Eagles, his five-year stint in Philly would go down as one of the best comebacks in NFL history. The turnaround in his career was a memorable one for sure. He definitely deserves a spot within the top 10 for quarterbacks in the Eagles franchise, even though he achieved more down in Atlanta.