When the NFL was still looking for 6-foot-5, 230-pound passers with rocket right arms and stones for feet, Michael Vick was a different breed. When he first burst onto the scene at Virginia Tech and then in Atlanta, it was impossible to game plan for him defensively, but it was also extremely difficult for his own team to figure out the best way to use him.
Now 33-years old, the league has embraced the slightly smaller, infinitely faster quarterback who can make plays with both his arm and his legs. Dual-threat passers such as Colin Kaepernick, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson have thrived in the recently developed Pistol formation, but Vick does not intend to be left in the dust, so to speak.
In fact, he told The Dan Patrick Show that he believes he is still the fastest quarterback in the entire league (via ESPN).
“These guys are young and they’re fast and they’re quick; the thing I do have is a very quick get-up,” Vick said. “I really don’t feel like there’s a quarterback in the league who can beat me in a 40-yard dash. If somebody wants to set something up, I’ll be more than glad to accept the challenge. But as of right now I’m going to say me. But Colin Kaepernick is fast and RG III is fast as well.”
Vick’s 5,551 rushing yards are an NFL record for quarterbacks. However, his 5.4 yards per rush average in 2012 was the second-lowest mark of his 10-year career.