Vint co-invented the Internet, was co-founder of ISOC, first ICANN chairman, and I don't think Google tells him what he should say, Google has him on staff to help him pursue _his_ work. TCP/IP is an open standard at a time where there was only proprietary protocols, the whole IETF is based on equal participation by all. In a way this is what inspired the Open-Source movement.
He is also listened by all the world leaders.
But Vint biggest trick, he is an enabler of people and can inspire many and has inspired many.
So yes he has indisputable respect from the Internet community.
He is not always right, like any human being, but he is very well respected.
PS: fun fact, the architect in the matrix is taken as a model from him, another form of respect.