Retired NFL quarterback Michael Vick is pursuing a coaching career and will serve as an offensive coordinator for the Atlanta franchise in the new Alliance of American Football league.
Vick, 37, will be working for Brad Childress, the former Minnesota Vikings head coach who also serves as an offensive analyst for the Chicago Bears.
‘I’ve always had a passion for teaching, a passion for coaching,’ Vick said at Thursday’s news conference in Atlanta. ‘When Brad called me about this opportunity, I felt like it was obviously something I couldn’t pass up.’
Vick has a bit of experience, having worked with the Kansas City Chiefs offense last year
Vick has a bit of experience, having worked with the Kansas City Chiefs offense during the 2017 preseason while Childress served as the team’s assistant coach.
Atlanta’s AAF team will play at Georgia State’s stadium when the league’s inaugural season starts in February.
Vick started his career in Atlanta after the Falcons traded up in the 2001 NFL Draft in order to take the mobile southpaw out of Virginia Tech with the top pick.
He was named to three Pro Bowls with the Falcons, but his career was derailed in 2007 when he was arrested for running a dog-fighting ring on his Virginia estate. He ultimately spent 18 months behind bars before reviving his career with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Falcons quarterback Michael Vick hands the ball off to Warrick Dunn in this 2006 file photo
Vick will be working under former Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress (left) for the Atlanta franchise in the American Football Alliance – a league started by Charlie Ebersol (right)
After short stints with the New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers, Vick retired in 2015.
Despite the outrage over his involvement in the dog-fighting ring, the Falcons honored Vick with a ceremony in June. Owner Arthur Blank said he is open to retiring Vick’s No. 7 as well.
The formation of the AAF came months after Vince McMahon announced his intention to relaunch the XFL in 2020
Charlie Ebersol, the son of longtime network executive Dick Ebersol, unveiled the Alliance of American Football in March. The league will have a 10-week season and feature eight 50-man rosters.
The season will not compete directly will the NFL and will instead be played in the late winter and spring.
As president of NBC sports, Dick Ebersol was McMahon’s broadcast partner for the original XFL, which had its only season in 2001 before going out of business.
McMahon is mostly known for founding World Wrestling Entertainment. However, he and the XFL did briefly enjoy notoriety for the league’s physical style and colorful players. In fact, Charlie Ebersol directed a documentary about the league that aired in 2017 as part of ESPN’s 30 for 30 series.
The new AAF will have some experience before the new season launches the week after Super Bowl LIII.
In addition to former Buffalo Bills and Indianapolis Colts general manager Bill Polian, Charlie Ebersol tapped former Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu to serve as a player relations executive. Hines Ward, who also played for the Steelers, and former New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck are involved on that end as well.
Vick pauses at a Washington Church in 2009 as he talks to children about ending dog fights