Michael Vick of the Philadelphia Eagles was recently named the starting quarterback for the season and plans to be aggressive coming into the new season. Vick has dealt with injuries and has faced criticism for not being able to stay healthy because of his risky style of play. He addressed that with the media recently:
“You guys act like I get hurt once a week,” Vick said to reporters, via Philly.com. “You all did that to me. Made me change the way I played the game.”
Vick felt that the media's criticism of his game forced him to think about playing it safe and not getting hurt which entail hurt his game:
“I think you’ve got to take on a certain mind-set that you’re going to play the game all-out,” Vick said. “If you go into a football game not wanting to get hurt or trying not to get hurt, it doesn’t allow you to play the way you want to play.”
The media and sports talk can always influence a player. Sometimes it's a positive but in this case it became a negative. Vick didn't play aggressive like he has played before. Remember, Vick's 5,551 rushing yards are the most for any quarterback in NFL history. Hopefully Vick's new-found aggressive nature can help propel the Eagles back into the playoff picture this season.
[via Pro Football Talk]