“These guys are young, and they’re fast, and they’re quick. The thing I do have is a very quick get-off, my burst. I really don’t feel like there’s a quarterback in the league that can beat me in the 40-yard dash. If somebody wants to set something up, I’ll be more than glad to accept the challenge. But, as of right now, I’m going to say me. But Colin Kaepernick is fast, and RG3 is fast as well.”
– Michael Vick, quarterback, Philadelphia Eagles
Is Michael Vick the fastest-running quarterback in the NFL?
Yes, he is. If you don’t believe it, just ask him. After all that he has been through, Michael Vick still has plenty of confidence. In a recent radio interview segment, according to a YouWager news source, the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback claimed he could beat Colin Kaepernick or even Robert Griffin III, or any quarterback in the entire NFL, for that matter, in a race, on foot. While many sportsbook bettors might admit that Vick is probably a faster runner than Tom Brady or Peyton Manning, RG3 or Kaepernick could give Vick some serious competition, some say.
Vick has already proved he is faster than his teammate, LeSean McCoy. He told YouWager’s source, “After racing LeSean and how I feel, I still think I run about a 4.4.”
Years back, in the 2001 NFL Combine, Vick was clocked in the 40 at 4.33. Apparently, Vick still feels he can run about that fast. At the 2011 Combine, Kaepernick did the 40 in 4.53, although he as been timed at 4.43. When he was healthy, Robert Griffin III was timed at 4.33, according to YouWager’s source.
When Michael Vick was just three years old, his father nicknamed him “Bullet” for his speed. Now he’s 32, and it appears that he is still hoping that burst of speed he speaks of will pay off in a big way, for him, in the NFL. Some sportsbook bettors think he may need that speed to rebuild his career.
But Vick can’t seem to outrun trouble.
YouWager’s NFL football wagering fans have seen Vick bounce back from the kind of problems that might destroy anyone else. Dog fighting. Prison time. Bankruptcy, and financial problems that made private personal details public. He even weathered a sex scandal.
Back in 2005, Sonya Elliott, a 26 year-old healthcare worker sued Vick for negligence and Battery, with the claim that Vick knowingly gave her genital herpes. When she tested positive, Elliott said she confronted Vick and that he admitted it was true, saying, “he had not known how to tell her about his condition, and that it was not something that he liked to talk about.” According to Elliot, Vick had been tested under the alias “Ron Mexico” and knew about his condition. At the time, Vick was playing for the Atlanta Falcons. Many fans bought custom Falcon jerseys with Vick’s number and the name “MEXICO” on the back. The case was settled privately.
Vick, as the top overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft, had signed a ten-year, $130 million contract with the Falcons, one of the most lucrative deals in the history of the NFL. But YouWager’s sharper sports bettors remember how that ultimately turned out. After some ups and downs in his dramatic comeback with the Eagles, in February of this year, Vick signed a restructured contract for one more year, worth up to $10 million. Some YouWager bettors now feel a lot will be riding on Vick’s performance in the 2013 NFL football wagering season.