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At the three youth football camps Michael Vick has attended this year, he has seen hundreds of kids. Of all the young quarterbacks he has come across, maybe three were left-handed.

Vick is one of the most productive left-handed quarterbacks in NFL history, but like most lefty passers, Vick doesn’t like being viewed as different; he simply wants to be judged by gaining yards and scoring points.

Yet he understands he might only feel this way because, unlike other lefties, his rare combination of foot speed and arm strength allowed him to transcend handedness.

“It’s not the same way for everyone else,” Vick said. “If you’re not a prototypical quarterback who can do some exceptional things, and you’re left-handed, then you’re probably going to get overlooked.”

Left-handers make up roughly 12 percent of the United States population, and the NFL has had a defining lefty quarterback in each modern era. Ken Stabler, Boomer Esiason, Steve Young, Vick. Almost every year, left-handers have contributed roughly 5 to 10 percent of the league’s passing yards.

Yet after Kellen Moore retired to coach for the Dallas Cowboys following the 2017 season, the percentage of left-handed quarterbacks dropped to 0. None of the roughly 90 signal callers to crack an NFL active roster last season were left-handed, and this season looks as if it’ll be the same.............

 

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