Former NFL QB Michael Vick Reportedly to Play in FCF Game on May 28 at Age 41May 20, 2022
Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick has reportedly agreed to play in the Fan Controlled Football league during the final week of its regular season on May 28.
Frank Pingue of Reuters reported Friday that Vick, a four-time Pro Bowl selection who's now 41 years old, hasn't been assigned to a team ahead of next week's official announcement.
The dual-threat quarterback agreed to join FCF after seeing his friend, former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens, find success in the league, per Pingue.
Vick was one of the most electrifying players in NFL history during his prime with the Atlanta Falcons. His combination of a rocket arm and the ability to make game-changing plays in the running game helped lay the groundwork for the modern quarterback.
His football career went on hold when he was sentenced to 23 months in prison in 2007 for his role in an interstate dogfighting ring.
After two seasons away, he returned to the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009 and was named the league's Comeback Player of the Year in 2010. He also made stops with the New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers. He last played in the NFL during the 2015 season.
Vick accepted responsibility for his actions, began working with the Humane Society and helped push for stronger laws against dogfighting.
"The best thing to do was make amends for what I did. I can't take it back," Vick said in 2015. "The only thing I can do is influence the masses of kids from going down the same road I went down. That's why I work with the Humane Society, and affecting a lot of kids' lives and saving a lot of animals."
It's unclear whether his return in FCF will be a one-off appearance or a prelude to a bigger role in the league next season.
Fan Controlled Football is in its second year. It gives fans the ability to have a hands-on impact on the league, including the ability to call plays during games.
Owens and Johnny Manziel are a few of the high-profile players to compete in FCF.
An appearance from Vick is sure to provide a boost to viewership to wrap up the 2022 regular season, even if he's not the same player he was two decades ago.