Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was named the 2010 Bert Bell Award winner, given annually to the top professional football player.
Vick called the award the best individual award he’s ever won in his football career.


“It’s a huge deal,” Vick said. “Two years ago, I didn’t envision myself being in this situation. I’m thankful for the opportunity and thankful for my coaches. I couldn’t have done it without them. Also, believing in myself, knowing at some point I would have to step up to the plate, accept responsibility, and do things the right way. That’s been my motto.”


Vick threw 21 touchdown passes and had just six interceptions last season. He rushed for nine more scores and posted the first triple-digit passer rating of his career. He was also in the running for MVP.


“It’s a great honor to be here in such great company, great coaches, great players, honoring myself and my family,” he said. “I accept it with the utmost gratitude. It typifies the hard work that I’ve put in in the past and what I still have to do moving forward.”


The Eagles have also placed the franchise tag on Vick and given him a new permanent football home.