Last Sunday, during Game 6 of the NBA Finals (which likely sucked away a large chunk of the audience) and the Tony Awards (which likely didn’t), Gary Myers of the New York Daily News and I appeared on NFL Network’s Top 100 reaction show to discuss, among other things, where Eagles quarterback Mike Vick eventually will land on the list.
As of last Sunday, with 30 players left to be revealed, six quarterbacks remained: Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers, Aaron Rodgers, and Vick. (That list is alphabetical, so don’t read anything into it. Other than that it’s alphabetical.)
Yours truly suggested that Vick could land as high as No. 2, given that the list was generated by asking players to list the best 20 players in the league. Vick was the hot name last season, and plenty of people — media, players, and fans alike — were swept away by one of the great redemption stories in football or in any other sport. Though his performance dipped a bit down the stretch (possibly because he was starting to become complacent again), his full body of work for the season, his ability to reclaim his career after two years in prison, and the vague hope that the best is still to come could cause him to land higher on the list than he should.
That said, he fairly should land at No. 5 or No. 6, given the star power (and Super Bowl rings) possessed by Brady, Brees, Manning, and Rodgers. After last night’s show, which unveiled No. 30 through 21, we know that Vick will at least be the No. 5 quarterback on the list, given that Rivers came in at No. 26 overall.
On one of the next two Sundays, we’ll find out whether Vick is the fifth, fourth, third, second, or even first quarterback on the list. Each new episode debuts at 8:00 p.m. ET on NFL Network.
Until then, share your own views on where Vick fits in our latest PFT poll.