Former Falcons number one overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft, quarterback Michael Vick, didn’t play in the NFL last season after serving as a back up for the Steelers in 2015. But, recent reports indicate that Vick could be back on the football field soon, albeit in a different form of football than the NFL.
According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, Vick is preparing to play in a new professional flag football game that is attempting to start up this year. The league will be playing a trial game on June 27th that will feature Vick along with the recently retired running back Justin Forsett at Avaya stadium in San Jose.
The idea for the league apparently comes from financier Jeff Lewis, and the hope is that they will be able to fill out eight teams. According to the piece, Lewis sees it as an opportunity for some of the guys that are cut from NFL rosters each year. From the piece:
“I just thought to myself, ‘what would this look like if great athletes played this?'” Lewis said. “There’s certainly a huge pool to take guys from. Every single year, NFL teams cut 800 guys. We need less than 100 players to field eight teams.”
Games will be 7-on-7 on a regulation sized 100-yard field, but there will be some innovations to the game. This won’t be your father’s version of flag football.
“The test next month also will include significant innovation to the sport. The league’s flags, which are patent pending, are attached via magnets instead of the typical Velcro. When a flag is detached, a sensor detects it and an official will be able to see the exact point on the field when the flag came off, thus ceding the guesswork to science.”
Vick, for his part, still feels as if he can play quarterback at a high level. He spoke recently with Howard Eskin on The Howard Eskin Podcast about the ankle injury that he just recently had surgery on to get his full range of motion back. That said, his chances of a return to the NFL aren’t great as his last appearance in the league saw him complete just 60 percent of his passes for 371 yards while averaging just 5.6 yards per attempt.