ESPN – Michael Vick says his football career is over.
The once-dynamic quarterback told ESPN’s Josina Anderson on Friday that he is officially retired from the NFL. Vick, 36, did not play this past season.
“In this moment right now, I’m willing to say yeah, I’m officially retired,” Vick told Anderson. “I think it’s time. I think going through the 2016 season without playing and being able to be a spectator and watch the game and enjoy it from afar and root for a lot of the players and coaches I once played for, I think kind of summed it all up for me.
“So now I think I’m officially ready, I’m ready to move on to different things in my life and different facets of my life.”
It marks the end to a noteworthy career — for both its ups and downs — for the No. 1 overall pick in 2001 of the Atlanta Falcons, who acquired the selection through a trade with the San Diego Chargers.
Well it is official. One of the most exciting players to ever play in the NFL has called it a career. The former Falcon, Eagle, Jet, and Steeler left a lasting impact on us all with his athletic abilities, whether it be splitting defensive backs as he was running 70 yards for a touchdown, or dropping a dime on a 60 yard go route with a flick of the wrist. Michael Vick made a name for himself at Virginia Tech and entered the NFL with so much swag that he just couldn’t be touched.
Unfortunately for Vick, he will always be remembered for his role in dog fighting, which resulted in him being suspended for the 2007 and 2008 season, and he was never the same after. In his second season back, Vick led the Eagles to a 8-3 record after starting 12 games which resulted in a trip to his fourth and final Pro Bowl. From there he spent time with the Jets, and last with the Steelers where he saw some action when Big Ben was injured.
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Some want to compare Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson. Sure Jackson won the Heisman and had some Vick like moments this past fall, but it’s hard to believe that there will ever be another like Mike. Lets turn back the clock and check out his Hokie highlight reel.
Last but not least, how could we not talk about Madden 2004, when Vick donned the cover, and may go down as the greatest video game character all time. Everybody wanted to be the Falcons because of Vick. He was unstoppable. Tune in below to some great commentary from DVRmyPVR as we witness what made Vick so special.