Vick finished with 39 rushing yards for the Jets, who stunned the Steelers to snap an eight-game losing streak.
Vick already held the record for career rushing yards by a quarterback coming into the season, and had 5,967 yards rushing coming into the game. To put that into context, Vick’s former Eagles teammate running back LeSean McCoy has 6,095 yards as of last week.
“Really, it makes me feel old, because that’s years of hard work,” Vick said. “Probably something that — well, I know it’s something that hasn’t been done in the league up until this point. It’s a major milestone.”
Randall Cunningham is the second quarterback on the list with 4,928 career yards, and Steve Young had 4,239.
At 34 and in his 12th NFL season, Vick was drafted by the Falcons and played there for six seasons, and then played five seasons for the Eagles. After losing the starting job in Philadelphia last season to quarterback Nick Foles, Vick was brought in by the Jets on a one-year, $4 million deal.
The veteran could be considered to have revolutionized the quarterback position, and a new generation of running quarterbacks.
“There were times where I could have been a difference maker,” Vick said. “Things could have been a lot better. But reaching those type of milestones and continuing to play the game at a high level at my age makes me appreciate the game of football.”