There’s no question Michael Vick changed the game of football. He’s helped usher in a new era of quarterback with his electric playing style that saw him finish as the NFL’s all-time leader in rushing yards for a quarterback (6,109).
But is he a Hall of Famer?
That question was brought up by a random Twitter user, and it caught the attention of Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, who you’ll remember took home the NFL MVP this season after breaking Vick’s single-season record for rushing yards by a quarterback. Jackson has been compared to Vick for obvious reasons, and he seems to be of the mind set that the Falcons legend is absolutely a Hall of Fame player.
Thiz can’t be a real question https://t.co/h6JqsuyUgx
— Lamar Jackson (@Lj_era8) April 5, 2020
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While Jackson doesn’t explicitly say either way, we can safely assume his position. He looked up to Vick growing up and admitted this season, “I watch his highlights, still, to this day.” Jackson has kept in touch with Vick over the years, so it’d be odd for him to say anything negative about his idol. Which is why we can infer his tweet as support for Vick’s Hall of Fame case.
Jackson’s tweet, as of this writing, has amassed more than 80,000 likes. But it has also generated a lot of discussion over whether Vick truly is a candidate for the Pro Football Hall of Fame:
The case against Vick
Passing Yards TDs INTs Rush yards (TDs)
22,464 133 88 6,109 (36)
Vick went 2-3 in five career playoff starts, has no MVP awards and no All-Pro nominations. He did earn four Pro Bowls, but those aren’t quite as special considering so many players drop out of that event each year. He finished with a 61-51-1 career record, and of course had his off-field issues that will likely factor into his voting process.
Several people responded to Jackson’s tweet with reasons why they feel Vick isn’t a Hall of Fame player.
0 Super Bowls, 0 MVPS, 0 All-Pro selections, only 4 Pro Bowls, and he has a career passer rating of 80. He ain’t getting in on any ballot.
— Ryan Beam (@ryanbeam_) April 5, 2020
0 super bowls 0 MVPs 0 all pros 80 passer rating (90 is avg) 57% completion 4x pro bowls most rushing yds by a qb of all time. Ya hate to say it cause of the name Vick, but he’s not a hall of famer
— @TheNFLGM on Insta (@The_NFLGM) April 5, 2020
He isn’t a HOF player let alone 1st ballot. Vick is an Icon but let’s be real here
— Dex (@Veney2019) April 5, 2020
The case for Vick
Vick finished with the most career rushing yards for a quarterback (6,109) and the highest yards per carry by any player (7.0).
He had truly remarkable seasons as well: In 2006, he finished with 1,039 rushing yards and an insane 8.4 yards per carry. As a passer that season, he threw for 2,474 yards with 20 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. In his comeback season with the Eagles, Vick had the best year of his career.
Despite only starting in 12 games, he finished with 3,018 passing yards, 21 touchdowns and six interceptions. His 100.2 quarterback was the highest of his career. He also added 676 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns to his total, finishing the season by winning NFL Comeback Player of the Year.
Beyond the numbers, many have used the argument that you can’t tell the story of the NFL without mentioning Vick. His impact on the game is immeasurable.
I’m usually someone that argues stats. However ever so often there are a few players that revolutionize the game. Vick 100% is one of those and deserves to be in the hof. He was a phenom. Still not a 1st ballot though.
— Hester (@ddhester88) April 5, 2020
Stats are stats but Vick changed the game forever!
— Steady Eddie (@BaltimoreEddie) April 5, 2020
“Can the story of the NFL be told without this person”
It’s their tag line entries. And ain’t NOBODY forgetting to add Vick to their story.
— Marc Lowe (@SuicideKing86) April 5, 2020
The overall verdict regarding Vick is pretty split. People either feel he has no chance, or are like Jackson and are insulted it’s even a question. As for the first-ballot question, that is probably unlikely considering the competition he’s facing.
Here are the list of names eligible for the 2021 NFL Hall of Fame class:
- DE Jared Allen
- RB Steven Jackson
- WR Calvin Johnson
- OL Logan Mankins
- QB Peyton Manning
- LB Jerod Mayo
- TE Heath Miller
- CB Charles Tillman
- DL Justin Tuck
- QB Michael Vick
- WR Wes Welker
- DT Kevin Williams
- DB Charles Woodson
Manning, Allen and Woodson all seem like locks as first-ballot Hall of Famers. Not to mention other players who are still waiting to hear their name called. So Vick will most likely not be a first ballot guy. But it will be interesting to see if he ends up getting in at any point.