ATLANTA — Former Atlanta Falcons quarterback and No. 1-overall draft pick Michael Vick stopped by the studio Friday evening to sit with Jon Chuckery and talk about football, life and retirement, not all in that order.
The pair started off by rehashing the 2000 Sugar Bowl where Virginia Tech lost to Florida State, 46-29, for the national championship. Vick said he used that game as a personal measuring stick.
“There were plays in that game, and plays that I’ve made throughout my career where I said, ‘Wow, that’s over the top,’ said Vick.
“When we took that lead, I think 29-28, I really thought we were going to win the national championship. We had them on the ropes.”
But Florida State finished strong and Vick ultimately ended up the top pick in the draft to the Falcons. Vick played six seasons in Atlanta and was highly regarded as the most electrifying athlete in the game. When Chuckery asked him if he was planning a come back, even with the sad state of backup quarterbacking in the NFL, Vick admitted he was likely done.
“I think I got my fill,” said Vick. “Working with the kids allows me to decompress.”
Vick is working with the National Playmakers Academy now, helping middle school and high school aged kids excel on and off the field. He’s hosting the V7 Elite Playmakers Showcase Series at McEachern High School in Powder Springs, Georgia on May 28-29.
Vick also was very honest about his time in the NFL after Atlanta; how he wasn’t ready to be a backup quarterback, didn’t know how to do it.
He also told Chuckery that he was ready to retire and was in talks with the Falcons about signing a one-day contract and retiring with Atlanta. “Hopefully soon,” said Vick.
That fact that Vick and the Falcons are even in talks to make this happen is pretty amazing, and it’s a result that’s been in the making since the final game in the Georgia Dome when Vick made his return during a halftime ceremony to thunderous applause.
(“It was bigger than coming out the tunnel as a player,” Vick recalled Friday night).
Vick’s exit from the team, the town and even the league left many in Atlanta angry.
It was a decade ago this August that he pled guilty for his part in a dog fighting ring, for which he spent 21 months in federal prison.
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