Michael Vick Says He Deserves to Be in Hall of Fame, Talks Potentially Coaching

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistFebruary 5, 2017

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 03:  Michael Vick #2 of the Pittsburgh Steelers warms up prior to the preseason game against the Carolina Panthers at Heinz Field on September 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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After announcing his retirement Friday, longtime NFL quarterback Michael Vick discussed his Hall of Fame prospects and a potential future in coaching Saturday.

According to TMZ Sports, Vick commented on those topics following a retirement party in Houston.

When asked whether he deserved to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, Vick said he did and remarked, "I changed the game."

The former No. 1 overall pick out of Virginia Tech was 61-51-1 as a starter in 13 NFL seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers.

He was named to the Pro Bowl on four occasions and finished his career with 22,464 yards and 133 touchdowns through the air against 88 interceptions.

Vick made the biggest impact with his legs, though, and he leads all quarterbacks with 6,109 career rushing yards. He also found the end zone 36 times on the ground.

While Vick hoped to play in 2016 after spending 2015 as a backup with the Steelers, he went unsigned. On Friday, he told ESPN's Josina Anderson:

In this moment right now, I'm willing to say yeah, I'm officially retired. I think it's time. I think going through the 2016 season without playing and being able to be a spectator and watch the game and enjoy it from afar and root for a lot of the players and coaches I once played for, I think kind of summed it all up for me.

So now I think I'm officially ready, I'm ready to move on to different things in my life and different facets of my life.

Though Vick's playing days are over, he told TMZ Sports football may still be in his future: "Coaching might be my calling, but we'll see. I gotta get my degree."

With dual-threat quarterbacks becoming more common in both the college and professional ranks, Vick's input could prove invaluable should he decide to pursue that profession.


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