Philadelphia Eagles Michael Vick, a former No. 1 pick, could hardly muster any interest, after his NFL suspension ended.
Vick ultimately signed a one-year, $1.6 million deal with the Eagles that didn't include any guarantees.
But now, Vick is an MVP candidate, and he's putting up the sort of numbers people projected coming out of Virginia Tech in 2001.
"It's been great to be considered one of the best in the league right now. It's an amazing accomplishment, not only to myself, but to all the people who helped me get here," he said. "Gotta give a lot of credit to my teammates, because without them, I wouldn't be in this position."
Vick is the league's highest-rated quarterback, with a 108.7, and he's yet to throw an interception.
Here are some other highlights from Vick's conference call today:
* Vick on the response from players around the league: "I don't think they're shocked because I've always been able to make plays when needed in crunch time, and I think they just acknowledged that and I think they have seen the potential. It's great, to get compliments from guys around the league. I can't say enough about it."
* On not working as hard earlier in his career: "It didn't have anything to do with the coaches. It was pretty much me. You have to have the desire to want to be great. Your coaches can only talk to you about it, inform you of things you can and can't do. It's up to you, at the end of the day. And basically I didn't take advantage of the time that I had, and the opportunities that I had."
* On when the lights finally came on: "When I finally got my second chance to play."
* On what he's doing better as a quarterback: "I think I've gone through my progressions, keeping my eyes down field, staying balanced when I throw the football. It doesn't necessarily have anything to do with the running game. But making good decisions with the football."
* On Bears defense: "They're definitely one of the best defenses in the league, if not the best. I don't want to offend anybody else around the league but this group is a great group of guys who play together, play fast, play hard, and you can tell they've jelled together and play with a tremendous amount of confidence. I see why they've been able to have the success they've had."
* On Julius Peppers: "I know what Julius can do. I played against him about six years straight in Atlanta, always had competitive games and [he's] always a guy I've tried to stay away from. So it doesn't surprise me that he's turning his game around right now. We knew it was just a matter of time."
* On team's spying him: "I don't know. Teams haven't really spied me as of late. Only one team and that was Washington and only for about three plays. I think 'spies' kind of played out but I wouldn't be surprised if I see that."
* On Jay Cutler: "Haven't had a chance to watch him. I don't know. He's a quarterback who does what he has to do for his football team to win football games and take care of his responsibilities."