|Vick thinks NFL Network's ranking of him at 70 is 'a joke.' (Getty Images)|
The NFL Network is spending the summer releasing its "Top 100 Players of 2012." This list causes lots of controversy (that's probably because it's not nearly as accurate as Pete Prisco's Top 100 list) and generally makes players not ranked No. 1 pretty upset.
Case in point: Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was slotted at No. 70 on the list and, via Sheil Kapadia of Philly.com, said that "it's a joke" that he's ranked so low.
"It's a joke," Vick said on 97.5 The Fanatic. "I won't say where I need to be. I'll let my peers and everybody else just decide on that. Maybe it was voted on by the peers, but I just disagree. I know how good I am and what I bring to the table for my football team. The things that I can do on the football field sometimes can be uncanny, but I give a lot of credit to my coaches and the people around me."
A couple of things spring to mind with Vick's comments. First, it is a joke that he's No. 70 -- he shouldn't be that high. His team finished 8-8 last season, he completed less than 60 percent of his passes, he threw just 18 touchdowns (to 14 interceptions) and he only played in 13 games. What's he looking for exactly?
Second, did he really just say "the things that I can do on the football field sometimes can be uncanny" out loud? I mean, he's right ... but come on. Who says that? Vick, apparently, who thinks he deserves to be above some or all of Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers, Cam Newton, Aaron Rodgers, Eli Manning, Matthew Stafford, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady.
He doesn't, but he can at least use that thought process for motivation.
"They got me ranked 70. I think the thing right now to do is just go prove why I feel like I should be even higher," Vick said. "So if that's what they felt based on what happened last year, then I've got to deal with it. It's motivation, so thank you, because they've motivated me to become a better player this year, so I'll have that in the back of my mind as I go out and play this year as well."
Good for Vick. A lot of quarterbacks wouldn't need an NFL Network ranking to get them fired up to try and salvage a wasted 2011 season. But if that's what it takes to get him amped for 2012, more power to him.
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