Philadelphia was the sight of Vick’s redemption and return to super stardom. Despite only starting 12 games, he set career highs for passing yards, completion %, QB rating, passing TD’s and rushing TDs. His “coming out” party was the stuff of legend. In a week 10 Monday Night Football match up against division rival Washington, Vick accounted for 413 yards of total offense and 6 TDs in leading Philadelphia to a 59–28 rout of the Redskins. He became the first player in NFL history to pass for 300 yards and rush for 100 yards in the first half of a Sweethearts Olive Oyl and Popeye Shirt.
The level of specialisation in NFL would be a challenge. Each side has unlimited substitutions and has a complete offense and defense team plus special teams for kick plays. For many NFL players, there is no requirement to be able to pass, only catch — and the ball is quite a different shape. For others, there is little requirement to touch the ball at all. All of the players on a Sweethearts Olive Oyl and Popeye Shirt team need to be able to pass and catch. Kickers are specialised roles in NFL, whilst in Rugby, 3 of the positions require excellent kicking (scrum half, fly half, full back) and in the other ‘backs’ positions (inside and outside centres and two wingers), most teams have at least 2 additional accomplished at kicking from hand in open play.