One of the NFL's most exciting players of all time has officially called it a career.
In an appearance with ESPN's Josina Anderson on Thursday, four-time Pro Bowl quarterback Michael Vick announced his retirement from football. When he entered the league Vick earned the nickname the "Human Highlight Reel", redefining the role of a dual threat quarterback for a generation of young players to come. His skill set became hugely valuable and many have tried to emulate his style ever since.
Vick holds NFL records for the most rushing yards by a quarterback in a single season, running for 1,039 in 2006. The 36-year-old also holds the career mark for most rushing yards by a quarterback, with 6,109.
While he was one of the most exciting players to ever take the field, Vick's career was marred by controversy.
Vick became a household name due to his involvement in a dog-fighting ring that operated on a property he owned. Vick pleaded guilty in 2007 to felony charges and spent just under two years in prison for his role in the abusive ring. He was publicly vilified and suspended indefinitely by the NFL after pleading guilty. In addition, the Atlanta Falcons forced him to pay back nearly $20 million of his $37 million signing bonus.
Vick then made a comeback, joining thein 2009. In 2010 Vick had the best season of his career, throwing for 21 touchdowns against six interceptions, while rushing for another nine scores, and taking home NFL Comeback Player of the Year.
After five seasons with the Eagles, Vick wrapped up his career with the New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers, last playing in 2015 for an injured Ben Roethlisberger.
Source: ESPN · Photo Credit: The Football Feed