Vick still motivated to play
NEW YORK — In a few months Michael Vick turns 34.
In today’s NFL quarterback market that’s the equivalent of being in your late 50’s.
Having lost the Eagles’ starting job to Nick Foles, who is nine years younger, Vick began putting out feelers Thursday for a full-time job while promoting his automobile website (www.ShowMike. com) during a visit to Times Square, headquarters for Super Bowl XLVIII.
When Vick assesses a career that began as the first pick in the 2001 NFL draft, he’s happy but unfulfilled. The question posed on ESPN Radio’s SVP & Russillo show from Times Square stopped Vick in his tracks.
“To sum it all up it’s not done, it’s not over,” Vick said. “And from what I’ve expected from myself as a kid growing up and always dreaming about playing in the NFL, I kind of superseded everything that I thought I would be able to do. I didn’t know I was going to break a ton of records and be the first (quarterback) to rush for 1,000 yards (in a season). Those are great accolades. But the ultimate team goal is to win the Super Bowl and it’s something you’ve got to continue to chase.”
Vick wouldn’t say he was through with the Eagles, who he’s spent the past six seasons with. They’re quietly hoping he finds another job, as they aren’t going to pay a lot for a backup quarterback.
Vick has played in just 17 of 32 games over the past two seasons due to injury and performance. He has 17 touchdown passes, 13 interceptions and 10 lost fumbles in that time. He’s also rushed for three touchdowns.
“Right now I’m just trying to figure out what’s the best situation for me,” Vick said. “I want to play. And that’s the bottom line. I really feel like I have a lot to give. I really understand what the situation is right now. I’ve just got to be real and cognizant of everything that’s going on. But I want to play.”
*** Eagles running back LeSean McCoy also made the rounds at the Super Bowl.
McCoy didn’t exactly fly in under the radar after taking a major shot at Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.
Newsday.com reported that Sirius XM hosts Steve Phillips and Evan Cohen asked McCoy for a player he wouldn’t want on his team. The answer was Sherman, who drew the ire of several players in his rant about being the best cornerback in the game following the win over the 49ers.
McCoy said he would take Buccaneers corner Darrelle Revis over Sherman.
*** Revis, by the way, is also annoyed with Sherman.
Sherman said Thursday he’s spoken with Revis, “a great guy and we squashed all the nonsense.
“I think every one of them out there is going to say that they’re the best, and that’s the way you’ve got to play the position,” Sherman said.
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning passes during practice.