PHILADELPHIA PA - DECEMBER 02: Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles throws a pass against the Houston Texans at Lincoln Financial Field on December 2 2010 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Prior to his arrest and subsequent prison sentence, Michael Vick was the most popular player in the NFL. His jersey was continually the top seller, he had tons of endorsements, and he was always racking up tons of pro bowl votes. This year, he's regained his former level of play and just might be getting back a lot of that former popularity. The Eagles announced today that Michael Vick is leading the entire NFL in Pro Bowl voting.
Think about that... more people have voted Michael Vick than have voted for Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Adrian Peterson... In fact, as PE.com points out, Peyton Manning led Vick by over 91,000 votes two weeks ago. Today, Vick is almost 40,000 votes ahead of the second place Manning. That's staggering and is says a lot about the extent to which Vick has really turned around a lot of the perception of him. Even the guy who put him in prison is now a fan. Vick credits the changes he's made in his life.
"I think it's just a credit to everything I've tried to accomplish on and off the field, just working as hard as I can to change things around, be a part of the solution and not the problem. I changed my life and it just goes to show anybody can do it. It's an unfortunate situation, the things that happened, I wish I could go back and change it all. I wish I could take it all back. The only thing I can do is move forward."
Vick is one of 11 Eagles in the top 5 in voting at their position in the NFC. David Akers is leading amongst kickers and DeSean Jackson is 2nd among WRs(even though Jeremy Maclin probably deserves it more this season). One of those 11 Eagles by the way is not Trent Cole, who despite leading NFC DEs in sacks, is not in the top 5 in voting at DE.