Quarterback Michael Vick was the latest Eagles player to be featured on the NFL Network Top 100 Players of 2012 series coming in at No. 70. That's a ranking his teammate, wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, believes is way too low.
"I think the best overall player in the NFL is Mike Vick," Maclin said. "I respect the man to death and am lucky to have him as my quarterback."
The NFL Network piece on Vick didn't open with the four-time Pro Bowl quarterback being featured in an Eagles uniform. It recalled one of the plays early in Vick's career that showcased his dynamic ability to beat teams as a rusher. In 2002, Vick, then as a member of the Atlanta Falcons, led his team to a walk-off overtime win over the Minnesota Vikings with a 46-yard touchdown scamper.
"The guy's just a tremendous player. Sometimes, I catch myself looking at him in awe," Maclin said. "I'm like, 'This dude's pretty amazing.'"
Vick was ranked No. 20 on the list a year ago after he won the NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award and was the runner-up for the league's Offensive Player of the Year honor. Even though he increased his passing yardage total to a career-high 3,303 in 2011, Vick's interception total increased and his QB rating decreased. In addition, the Eagles missed the postseason.
Maclin is confident that Vick will bounce back in 2012.
"The test of a real man is how he comes back from things that go bad in your life," Maclin said. "The way he's bounced back is tremendous, the way he's handled himself."
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