Michael Vick, who rose to stardom with the Atlanta Falcons before he was sent to prison for running a dogfighting operation, tells ESPN he is retiring from playing in the NFL.
FILE – In this Jan. 1, 2017, file photo, former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick stands on the sidelines before NFL football game between the Falcons and the New Orleans Saints in Atlanta. Vick never made it to the Super Bowl with the Falcons. And his career with the team ended in disgrace. Yet no one is rooting harder for the Falcons to win their first championship.(AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
The 36-year-old Vick, a dynamic dual threat with his speedy legs and powerful left arm, passed for 22,464 yards and 133 touchdowns during his 13 seasons with the Falcons, Eagles, Jets and Steelers. His 6,109 career yards rushing are an NFL record by a quarterback.
He did not play this season.
Vick says he is “ready to move on to different things in my life and different facets of my life.”
Vick was selected by Atlanta with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2001 draft. He made three Pro Bowl appearances with the Falcons and became the first quarterback in league history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season, going for 1,039 in 2006 with Atlanta.
FILE – In this Sept. 17, 2006, file photo, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick leaps over Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks (55) for a first quarter touchdown during an NFL football game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Vick never made it to the Super Bowl with the Falcons. And his career with the team ended in disgrace. Yet no one is rooting harder for the Falcons to win their first championship. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)
After serving nearly two years in prison for his role in the dogfighting case, Vick never played for Atlanta again. He spent five years with Philadelphia, where he won NFL Comeback Player of the Year honors in 2010, and had backup stints with New York (2014) and Pittsburgh (2015).
The Falcons face the Patriots in the Super Bowl on Sunday, and Vick says he is rooting for his former team.