Michael Vick was a four-time Pro Bowl quarterback. But it was his legs that gave defenses nightmares, not his arm.
That’s why Vick was the overwhelming winner of our last Talk of Fame Network poll in which we asked who the greatest running quarterback in NFL history was. Vick received 42.4 percent of the vote to easily outdistance Cam Newton at 17.8 percent. Steve Young was next at 13.6 percent, followed by Randall Cunningham at 12.9 percent and Fran Tarkenton at 11 percent.
The three Talk of Fame Network hosts, as usual, were split in their voting. Ron Borges voted Vick, Rick Gosselin went Cam Newton and Clark Judge backed Steve Young.
“I believe John Elway was the greatest running quarterback of all-time,” Borges said, “but you got to go with production and Michael Vick had it. He ran like a pack of dogs were chasing him...which part of the time they were.”
Vick remains the only quarterback ever to rush for 1,000 yards in a single season, gaining 1,039 yards for the Atlanta Falcons in 2006. He’s the all-time leader among NFL quarterbacks in career rushing yards with 6,109 yards in 873 carries for a record 7.0 yards per carry.
Vick has the second- and third-best rushing games by a quarterback in NFL history – 173 yards against Minnesota in 2002 and 161 against New Orleans in 2006. He also holds the position record with 10 100-yard rushing games.
“Touchdowns,” said Gosselin of his choice, Newton. “I like guys who put the ball in the end zone. Newton does it with his arm and legs.”
Newton holds the position record with 54 rushing touchdowns and also holds the position single-season record with 14 TDs in 2001. He also bolted a career-long 72 yards for a touchdown against Atlanta in 2012. In Newton’s MVP season in 2015, he was responsible for 45 touchdowns – 35 passing and 10 rushing.