On Sunday, Michael Vick clarified his recent comments about signing a one-day contract to retire with the Falcons.
“Well, I haven’t talked to anybody about it specifically,” Vick told Vaughn McClure of ESPN. “It’s something that I’ve really been thinking about trying to get done. I was asked the question the other day is that what I want, and I said, ‘Yeah.’
“So, yeah, I think in due time, it’s something that can potentially happen.”
Vick spoke with Falcons’ owner Arthur Blank, but he says that they didn’t specifically discuss him retiring with the team.
“When I spoke to Arthur, we talked about various other things,” Vick said. “Like I said, [retiring as a Falcon] is something that can happen down the road, and I think we both know that. What’s already understood really don’t have to be explained. You let time work everything out in between.”
Vick added that his identity as an NFL player is linked to the Falcons.
“I think that’s where my identity lies as a player,” Vick said. “I retired, and I didn’t reach out to anybody else in terms of where I wanted to retire or how I wanted to retire. I just wanted to do it quietly and just let things work out naturally. At the end of the day, it’s just been a blessing to play here in the city of Atlanta. It’s a place where I was really identified, where I think I made my legacy in such a short period of time. We set great moments, man. And I think it’s something that I’ll never forget, and the city as well.”
Veteran free agent QB Michael Vick said he has been in talks with the Falcons to sign a one-day contract and retire with Atlanta.
Vick, who is working with middle school and high school aged kids with the National Playmakers Academy, said that he is enjoying his retirement.
“I think I got my fill,” said Vick, via Knox Bardeen of CBS Atlanta. “Working with the kids allows me to decompress.”
Vick, 36, is a former No. 1 overall pick of the Falcons back in 2001. He spent six years with the Falcons before he served 21 months in prison for his involvement in an illegal dogfighting ring.
Vick later got a second chance with the Eagles and played five seasons in Philadelphia. After that, Vick spent a season with the Jets and Steelers respectively.
For his career, Vick threw for 22,464 yards while completing 56.2 percent of his passes to go along with 133 touchdowns and 88 interceptions. He also totaled 6,109 yards rushing including a season in which he ran for over 1,000 yards.
Vick was a four-time Pro Bowl selection and won the Comeback Player of the Year in 2010.