Michael Vick gets jersey in Hall of Fame after game; his receiver then compares Eagles to caged pit bulls
Michael Vick has gone from the doghouse to the big house to the Hall of Fame in an extremely short period of time.
The troubled quarterback's criminal past and subsequent jail time seem to be well behind him as he has rehabilitated, re-energized, and is now back as a starting quarterback for the Eagles, leading his team to one victory after another.
Last night's awe-inspiring 59-28 drubbing of the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football was so impressive that the NFL Hall of Fame requested Vick's jersey for display in the museum. The strong armed quarterback threw for 333 yards with four touchdowns, which would have been a great day for any other field general. Vick's real weapon is his speed. He rushed for 80 yards and found himself in the end zone twice, earning himself the NFC's Player of the Week for the second week in a row.
Because Vick became the first player in NFL history to throw for more than 300 yards, rush for more than 50 yards, throw four touchdown passes and rush for two touchdowns in one game, the Hall of Fame wants to hold him in high honor.
Even though Vick had his team on the scoreboard after an electrifying 88-yard pass on the first play of the game, the fireworks started well before the opening kickoff.
In the warm-up time before the game, Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson found himself involved in an incident with other members of his team and the Redskins. Jackson, inelegantly, explained that the brouhaha motivated the team from the City of Brotherly Love.
"The pregame altercation got us going. It had us ready," Jackson said of the matter that allegedly involved Redskin safety LaRon Landry spitting on the speedy receiver and subsequently threatening him.
"We came back into the locker room pumped," Jackson said to an Associated Press reporter. "We were like pit bulls, ready to get out of the cage."
Perhaps Jackson should join Vick as the quarterback continues to work with the Humane Society and speak at schools about animal cruelty and how he has turned his back on the barbaric practice.
-- Tony Pierce
Photo: Philadelphia Eagles' Michael Vick scores a second-quarter touchdown against the Washington Redskins on Monday, at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. Credit: Yong Kim/Philadelphia Daily News/MCT