As the biggest game of the year is upon us, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick got some praise from the league as he was named the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year by the Associated Press, Saturday evening. He is the first Eagle ever to win the award.
Vick originally started the season on the bench behind “franchise quarterback” Kevin Kolb before Kolb sustaining a concussion in Week 1, giving Vick his opportunity to shine.
After performing at an incredibly high level, Vick was named the Eagles starter in Week 4 by head coach Andy Reid. Vick transformed the Eagles from a rebuilding team into a legitimate playoff contender, leading the Birds to a 10-6 record and their first NFC East Division Title since 2006.
The Eagles’ star QB performed at a very high level as he finished second in NFL Offensive Player of the Year behind Patriots Tom Brady and found his name in the talk for MVP.
With his ability to make plays with his legs and through the air, Vick racked up over 3600 yards and 30 total touchdowns in 12 games this season. He was also named Offensive Player of the Week three times and Offensive Player of the Month once.
Vick was signed in August of 2009 to fill a limited role as third string quarterback and start some wildcat formations after being out of the league for three years following his 2007 conviction on dog fighting charges, for which he served 21 months in prison.
Vick is an impending free agent and after his miraculous season and the way he performed at a high level, he is expecting a big reward with either a long term contract or if the Eagles decide to franchise tag him (as some have already reported), top five money. It is well deserved after he brought the Eagles back from the dead this past season.