Lamar Jackson is the next Michael Vick, according to Michael Vick

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Michael Vick formally announced his retirement from the NFL this month, but he says another version of himself is on the way to the NFL.

Vick told the Louisville Courier-Journal that Heisman Trophy-winning Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, who is entering his junior season, is the player most like Vick that Vick has seen.

“If I’ve ever seen another guy that looks like me, it’s been Lamar Jackson,” Vick said.

Jackson passed for 3,543 yards and 30 touchdowns and ran for 1,571 yards and 21 touchdowns last season, and his combination of highlight-reel runs and a strong arm are reminiscent of the tools Vick had at Virginia Tech. Vick and Jackson have become friendly, and Vick says he urges Jackson not to think too far ahead in his career.

“When I speak to Lamar, I tell him the most important thing he can do is just focus on having a big year this year and making sure he’s prepared and ready to go,” Vick said. “He can’t think about the next level yet. Even though I think he has NFL potential, he has to get through this season and have a good one.”

Jackson will be eligible for the 2018 NFL draft, but he’s taking Vick’s advice and not looking too far ahead: Jackson says he’s unsure if he’ll turn pro next year or stay at Louisville through his senior season.

62 responses to “Lamar Jackson is the next Michael Vick, according to Michael Vick

  1. Super athletic but physically frail QB that struggles to play from the pocket and throw with any kind of accuracy? Sign me up right up.

  2. Typical human behavior is to focus on a person’s misdeeds and ignore their accomplishments. Vick’s crimes are well-documented, and yes, he had his flaws as a player. But he was an exciting pro to watch and he did atone for his crimes. I wish the reformed Michael Vick well, and Lamar Jackson too for that matter.

  3. Hopefully Jackson doesn’t want his name associated with Vick in any kind of way.
    He has the potential to be a better player than Vick ever was, and easily a much better person off the field.

  4. His team did not score a TD against LSU in their bowl game. His stats were terrible. That is telling of how he will translate to the NFL. Now the same thing has happened to LSU against Bama, but nobody is saying that Jordan Jefferson is a future NFL all pro.

  5. I’m going to let Lamar be Lamar and see how it goes. I’ll wish him luck and all the best.

  6. So Jackson will never be able to read defenses, kills dogs, lies to his owner and blows millions of dollars- good to know

  7. vusnu says:
    Jun 30, 2017 12:19 PM

    Typical human behavior is to focus on a person’s misdeeds and ignore their accomplishments.
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    Mike Vick doesn’t really have any accomplishments.

  8. Vick had one amazing year–the one where he lit everyone up playing in Philly earlier this decade–and that’s it. It was the only time he ever reached his incredible potential.

    Say what you want about Andy Reid, but one thing you can’t deny is he makes quarterbacks look good.

  9. vusnu says:
    Jun 30, 2017 12:19 PM
    Typical human behavior is to focus on a person’s misdeeds and ignore their accomplishments. Vick’s crimes are well-documented, and yes, he had his flaws as a player. But he was an exciting pro to watch and he did atone for his crimes. I wish the reformed Michael Vick well, and Lamar Jackson too for that matter.

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    Oh I’m sorry Mr Perfect, but I have trouble seeing past the piece of scum he is, while I hope he is a better person now that doesn’t change his past. Sometimes a person’s mistakes are so big they have to live with them forever.

  10. terrellblowens says:
    Jun 30, 2017 1:12 PM
    The comments section of this website is insanely predictable

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    And yet you still read it? I have said it on multiple occasions their is very little great football knowledge in the comments section here, however on the sports pages there is some actual quality insight and sharing of dialogue, this one like the NFL is too popular, and often just turns into barb throwing.

  11. Misdeeds? Lol

    OH you mean having dogs rip each other to shreds for entertainment? Or drowning dogs with his bare hands that do not want to fight to the death? Or you mean electrocuting them because they did not want to be torn to shreds by bigger, meaner dogs?

  12. voicesoftheppl says:
    Jun 30, 2017 2:07 PM
    Lol at all of these animal lovers writing these comments.

    How many burgers n brats are you guys going to eat this weekend?

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    Yeah… cuz ya know… eating meat processed from animals for human consumption is the same as having a dog fighting ring.

    Enjoy your Quinoa this 4th of July!

  13. What Vick did was horrible. I’m a dog lover and can’t fathom what he did.

    But by all accounts he is reformed and rehabilitated. He is doing his part to try to help others from going down this path. He has become a mentor in this regard. So for that, Vick does deserve kudos. We shouldn’t forget what he did, but it’s semi-inspirational to see him still trying to do good, even after his NFL career is now over.

  14. He needs lots of work in the pocket but probably won’t get it at Louisville their O-line is just too crappy and he has to run for his life too much. He will be a big project in the pros 2-3 years\.

  15. The best part is Michael Vick was never a great NFL QB. Compare his years in Atlanta to David Carr’s first years in Houston. Yes, Michael Vick had QB stats strikingly similar to the great David Carr.

  16. When Tony Dungy took Vick under his wing, it changed everything. Vick had bottomed-out and Dungy helped him lose so much of that self-centeredness and see the big picture. I would love it if Lamar Jackson welcomed Vick as a full-on mentor. Vick has the wisdom of having lived a cautionary tale and then learning the importance of things like discipline and leadership. Jackson can learn from Vick’s mistakes and his growth and insight.

  17. Another Mike Vick?

    Another dog killing for profit, member of a criminal family that might not have any that haven’t spent time in jail, and a player who is as selfish as can be?

    Good lawd! What will Odelphia from the New York Nightmara Family Crime Syndicate do when someone gets more attention than him?

    And no … Vick is not rehabbed – that is all a lie – all you need to do is to live in his hometown like I do to know that is a bold faced lie – he still walks a fine line between legal and criminal conduct – and his family is over the line more often than not.

  18. Voice-

    He hung dogs who were too good natured to fight.
    He strangled them.
    He held them under water until they were dead.
    He beat them.
    He electrocuted them

    It’s called torture.

    Get off your high horse.

  19. I’m sure he thinks that he is paying him a compliment. Not sure that he understands that his reputation is poor, rehabilitated or not.

  20. zoneread510 says:
    Jun 30, 2017 2:36 PM
    The Jets future QB, unless Hackenberg shows he is their QB

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    During the season the players and coaches and possibly the first row of fans should maybe think about wearing helmets so they don’t get beaned by Hackerberg.

  21. savethebs says:
    Jun 30, 2017 2:00 PM
    Misdeeds? Lol
    OH you mean having dogs rip each other to shreds for entertainment? Or drowning dogs with his bare hands that do not want to fight to the death? Or you mean electrocuting them because they did not want to be torn to shreds by bigger, meaner dogs?

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    He did those horrible things. He also was punished and rehabilitated so he could reenter society and contribute. He has.

    That’s evidence that the system can work.

  22. getadealdonealready says:
    Jun 30, 2017 1:40 PM
    vusnu says:
    Jun 30, 2017 12:19 PM
    Typical human behavior is to focus on a person’s misdeeds and ignore their accomplishments. Vick’s crimes are well-documented, and yes, he had his flaws as a player. But he was an exciting pro to watch and he did atone for his crimes. I wish the reformed Michael Vick well, and Lamar Jackson too for that matter.
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    Oh I’m sorry Mr Perfect, but I have trouble seeing past the piece of scum he is, while I hope he is a better person now that doesn’t change his past. Sometimes a person’s mistakes are so big they have to live with them forever.

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    You are right about that. He may be successfully rehabilitated, but you don’t have to forgive him or like him. He’s had to earn back the trust of everyone in his life I am sure and some still won’t likely have anything to do with him until the end of time.

  23. mmack66 says:Jun 30, 2017 12:54 PM

    vusnu says:
    Jun 30, 2017 12:19 PM

    Typical human behavior is to focus on a person’s misdeeds and ignore their accomplishments.
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    Mike Vick doesn’t really have any accomplishments.

    Yep everyone makes it to the NFL everyone gets on Madden cover everyone signs a $100 million dollar contract TWICE. TROLL are getting Dumber n Dumber

  24. backbaybatman says:
    Jun 30, 2017 6:34 PM
    Mike Vick is a transcendent athletic talent. Go watch some highlight reels jealous haters.

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    I don’t think it’s jealousy you’re reading…its the fact that Dog Torture & Murder trump On Field Accomplishments.

  25. Does anybody on this post read the Bible or for that matter go to church? No! No! And if that do they missed the whole point! Sad, so much hatred and unforgiveness. At least Vick’s mis-deeds allowed his to find peace in his life it’s also convicted him to make restitution to the aminals that he abused.

    When Jesus met Zacchaeus;

    He looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.”

    Luk 19:6; So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully.

    Luk 19:7; But when they saw [it], they all complained, saying, “He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner.”

    Luk 19:8; Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.”

    Luk 19:9; And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham;

    Luk 19:10 “for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

    Mike Vick found forgiveness for his sins, but people who can’t find forgiveness are those with hearts of stone, who can’t forgive and will never find forgiveness in this life or the life to come.

    Jesus commands us to forgive!

    “And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against any one; so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.” – Mark 11:25

  26. Everyone of you bash him, blah blah overrated, no accuracy, but if any of your team’s draft him, you’ll be the first to say, future hall of famer, most dynamic player ever. Gonna take my team to next level. You know like a bunch of hypocrites

  27. Translation — Jackson can run and as far as his passing is concerned, he’s one heckuva runner.

  28. Vick is right. I remember Michael as a redshirt freshman nearly singlehandedly lead Virginia Tech to the national championship. I’d never seen anything like it until I saw Lamar Jackson. Just an awesome talent. I would advise Jackson to begin a relationship with Mike Shanahan. Shanahan is probably the best QB guru I’ve seen. Steve Young was a good college QB at BYU. When the first option wasn’t available, he could turn it up field for 40-50 yards any time he wanted. He went from the USFL to the Tampa Bay Bucs, and finally the 49ers. It wasn’t until Mike Shanahan got ahold of him that he finally became a complete QB, and became a super bowl winning HOF QB. He was able to do the same with John Elway, turning him into a multiple super bowl winner and HOFer. He even helped RG3 to a Rookie of the Year season, but that thing never materialized as it could have because of the Redskins/Dan Snyder situation. Nobody has had the success with QBs that the Shanahan’s have. Even Kyle Shanahan was able to get an MVP season out of Matt Ryan. Lamar Jackson can learn a lot from Michael Vick, but he could possibly get to the HOF with Shanahan’s guidance.

  29. tonebones says:
    Nobody has had the success with QBs that the Shanahan’s have.

    Really, nobody? So Brady at 199 is nothing special? A high round pick who came off the bench to win a SB then go on to win 4 moreover 1 16 year career? Pretty sure the guys you mention went higher than 199. Shanahan did his work with early pick QB’s that were supposed to be elite.

    Young started in the USFL but was the 1st player picked in the supplemental draft. He was able to squeak a good year out of RG but one could also make the argument that his coaching, or inability to coach RG out of his dangerous style of play, is responsible for his injuries that now limit his primary ability, scrambling. Elway was an awesome talent and Shanahan rode his coattails, not the other way around.

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