After 13 NFL seasons, one of the most unique, electrifying players to ever grace a football field is officially calling it quits.
ESPN’s Josina Anderson is reporting that quarterback Michael Vick, though having not played an NFL game since 2015, has officially announced his retirement.
The 36-year-old finished his illustrious career as a backup with the Pittsburgh Steelers after playing for the Eagles, Jets, and for the Falcons, where he spent the majority of his career.
Though the former number 1-overall pick will be remembered for his play on the field, Vick will be equally cast in people’s minds for his role in conducting illegal dog fighting rings. The crime landed Vick in prison for the 2007 and 2008 seasons in the prime of his career.
Despite the matter, Vick brought a style of play unseen in the NFL, where the best athlete in the stadium was playing quarterback, not only with the legs a running back would be jealous of, but a passing game backed by a rocket arm. The combination would be a nightmare for defensive coordinators and players week in and out.
Though starting five playoff games, Vick leaves the NFL having never won a Super Bowl posting a career regular-season record of 61-51-1 – though surely with a record untouchable on Madden everywhere.
(h/t Bleacher Report)