PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Michael Vick’s MVP pick?
That would be Michael Vick.
Asked after practice Friday who he would select if he had a vote, the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback said, “You put me on the spot.”
Then he added with a smile: “I would take … myself.”
Vick and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady are widely considered the top two candidates for the award, which has been won or shared by a quarterback 17 of the last 23 years.
Brady leads the NFL with a 109.9 passer rating. In his last nine games, he’s thrown 21 touchdowns and no interceptions. The Patriots (12-2) have won 11 of their last 12.
Vick’s 103.6 passer rating is third-highest in the NFL and leads the NFC. He also has 613 yards rushing and has run for eight TDs — more than all but nine NFL running backs.
Vick spent Christmas in 2007 and 2008 incarcerated at Leavenworth Penitentiary in Kansas while serving an 18-month sentence on federal charges of running an illegal dogfighting ring.
“I’m just blessed to be here,” Vick said. “I spent two Christmases in Kansas, and that was by far the toughest thing I’ve had to do. Each and every year I reflect on that, and I think it will always make the holiday season more gratifying.
“(I’m) just thankful for a lot, thankful for the opportunity that I’ve been given, thankful for the blessings, and hopefully they’ll continue to come.”
The Eagles (10-4) would clinch the NFC East title Sunday either with a home win over the Vikings (5-8) or a Packers victory over the Giants in Green Bay.
“We all know what’s on the line,” Vick said. “We know what’s at stake. Like I say each and every week, every game is going to be a tough game. You have to go and play as hard as you can. You can’t let up and you can’t go into a game sure you’re going to win.
You have to earn it. That’s our mentality and that’s our mindset, and this week is no different.”
Notes: The Eagles signed cornerback Gerard Lawson on Friday to replace kick returner Jorrick Calvin, out for the year with a back injury. Lawson averaged 14.4 yards on eight kick returns during his two-year stay with the Cleveland Browns. Lawson was released in late August, three weeks after he was arrested near Browns training camp when police saw him drive his vehicle into a parked car. Lawson pleaded no contest to driving under the influence and accepted a plea agreement that included a year of probation, 20 hours of community service and a $500 fine but no jail time. Coach Andy Reid said undrafted rookie Chad Hall would probably return kicks Sunday against the Vikings. Jeremy Maclin has also practiced returning kicks.