Michael Vick Makes Quarterback History
Maya Hughes | 11/17/2014, 6 a.m.
Jets quarterback Michael Vick is continuing to make plays with his legs and making history in the process. Vick became the first quarterback to rush for 6,000 yards in a career in the 20-13 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 9. Vick finished with 39 rushing yards for the Jets.
Vick already held the record for career rushing yards by a quarterback coming into the season, and had 5,967 yards rushing coming into the game. To put that into context, Vick's former Eagles teammate running back LeSean McCoy has 6,095 yards as of the November 2 game.
"Really, it makes me feel old, because that's years of hard work," Vick said in his postgame interview. "Reaching those types of milestones and continuing to play the game at a high level at my age makes me appreciate the game of football. I love this game so much that I would do anything to win with my teammates. That's what means a lot to me.
“So, those 6,000 yards came through a lot of guys blocking for me, a lot of guys putting their bodies out on the line for me, and a lot of sacrifices so it just wasn't me. I give a lot of credit to my teammates that I have played with, from Atlanta to Philly to New York."
Randall Cunningham is the second quarterback on the list with 4,928 career yards, and Steve Young had 4,239.
At 34 and in his 12th NFL season, Vick was drafted by the Falcons and played there for six seasons, and then played five seasons for the Eagles. After losing the starting job in Philadelphia last season to quarterback Nick Foles, Vick was brought in by the Jets on a one-year, $4 million deal.
The veteran could be considered to have revolutionized the quarterback position, and a new generation of running quarterbacks.
"There were times where I could have been a difference maker," Vick said. "Things could have been a lot better, but reaching those types of milestones and continuing to play the game at a high level at my age makes me appreciate the game of football."