Lamar Jackson and the Legacy of Mike Vick
Nine years ago, Michael Vick, the former NFL Quarterblack, the one who changed the position in the modern era, had one of the great games in NFL history.
It was November 10, 2010, in Washington D.C. Vick, who had been out the league for a few years due to a criminal conviction related to animal cruelty, re-launched his career with the Philadelphia Eagles.
It was a Monday night game. The Eagles crushed Washington that night in that NFC East battle 59–28 but that wasn’t the story really. The story was Michael Vick, the once electric superstar with the Atlanta Falcons, and the college megastar at Virginia Tech.
Vick’s numbers speak the truth to his power that night. I watched it in real time.
In addition, Vick ran for 80 yards on 8 carries and scored two more TDs running the ball.
In all, he had six TDs, and the Eagles won running away.
“I don’t think I have had one like this one,” Vick said afterwards. He knew he was in a zone.
It should be noted as well that Vick did much of this in a terrible rainstorm.
Vick spent his college and NFL career having performances like that. His legacy has been passed to down to players like Lavar Jackson.
Jackson had one of those type games last night for the Baltimore Ravens it must be noted.
Jackson had 5 TDs as the Ravens crushed the Los Angeles Rams to sawdust. Jackson has, in fact, been amazing all year and is taking what Vick did back in 2010 and before to another level.
His combination of passing and running is wreaking havoc on the league’s defenses. He has over 800 yards rushing this year and has passed for 24 TDs with only 5 interceptions.
It is quite interesting to see Jackson emerge as he has and to dominate teams week to week. The threat of the run-pass QB is a piece of NFL history.
Mike Vick, many agree, began to change the position and the possibilities for it.
We also saw this in 2013 when Robert Griffin III, of Washington had a magical year running and passing and showed what a run-passer could do to league defenses.
But Jackson is setting the bar even higher with the run-pass double threat. He is getting better and better.
After last night, Jackson’s rise is the most compelling and watchable story of this season. Let us hope, that unlike Vick and Griffin, Jackson can stay healthy, have a long career and write another chapter to the legacy of the run-ass NFL QB.