Get ready for a big name to make a football comeback. Former NFL super-star Michael Vick is coming out of retirement to play in the Fan Controlled Football league, according to Reuter Sports.
Yes, that’s right, fans will get the chance to call plays for one of the most electrifying athletes to ever step on a football field. Vick is slated to make his FCF debut on May 28th, which is the last day of the regular season. An official announcement about Vick’s on the field comeback is expected next week. It’s still unclear which team he will play for and if he will take part in a postseason if that applies for the team.
— Frank Pingue (@FrankPingue) May 20, 2022
Vick, a former first overall NFL draft pick is now 41 and last played in a National Football League game in 2015. He won’t be the first big name to play in FCF. Pro Football Hall of Famer Terrell Owens and controversial Heisman winner and first round draft pick Johnny Manziel have both played in the league. Manziel has only played sporadically while Owens was part of the first big trade in league history. Former Steelers receiver Martavis Bryant is also on an FCF roster, catching his first touchdown of the season last week.
Vick took the world by storm when he first entered the NFL after rising to fame in college at Virginia Tech. He became the first Black quarterback to ever be selected first overall when the Atlanta Falcons drafted him in the 2001 NFL Draft. He finished his NFL career with 22,464 passing yards, 133 touchdowns and 6,109 career rushing yards. His rushing yards remain a record for a quarterback. Vick lost time in the middle of his playing career after pleading guilty to his role in a dog fighting enterprise in 2007. He then returned and closed out his career with stints in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Vick later apologized and now advocates against animal cruelty. Vick has worked as an analyst in TV in recent years, most notably with FOX.