Michael Vick announces shocking return to professional football
One of professional football’s most polarizing and talented figures, Michael Vick, is making his return to the gridiron.
Friday, a report from Reuters revealed the quarterback’s decision to come out of retirement and return to professional football. Vick will join the Fan Controlled Football league, a rising sports entertainment league with a focus on audience engagement.
Founded in 2021, the FCF is based in Atlanta, where each of the eight teams compete in a seven-week regular season and playoffs. The games are structured similarly to arena football: seven men on each side, 50 yard fields and an hour-long game clock that runs constantly.
The league is primarily broadcast on streaming platform Twitch, and features the added novelty of fan controlled play-calling via online polls. The FCF also garners popularity by employing former NFL figures like Vick. Other players include Johnny Manziel and Terrell Owens.
Sources close to Vick claim Owens’ success in the FCF was a central factor in the former Philadelphia Eagles gunslinger’s decision.
Vick, 41, was selected first overall in the 2001 NFL draft. He burst onto the scene with the Atlanta Falcons before involvement in a dogfighting controversy sent him to prison for two years. Vick made his return to football with the Eagles in 2009.
Credited with a powerful arm and game-changing speed, the quarterback spent 13 seasons in the NFL, passing for 22,464 yards and 133 touchdowns. His 6,109 career rushing yards are the most ever by a QB. He announced his retirement from the NFL in 2017 after spending his last two years with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Vick will make his FCF debut during the final week of the regular season on May 28. He has yet to be officially assigned a team.