Former Eagles quarterback Michael Vick retires from the NFL

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According to a report from Sports Center, former Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has officially retired from Football.

Drafted with the first overall pick back in 2001 by the Atlanta Falcons, Vick revolutionized the term “dual-threat” quarterback en route to earning various honors including 4 pro-bowl appearances.

Vick spent a total of five seasons in Philadelphia and earned the NFL Comeback Player Of The Year Award back in 2010.

Leading the Eagles to an NFC East Championship in 2011, Vick set career highs in passing yards, passing touchdowns, rushing touchdowns and QB Rating, despite missing four games.

Andy Reid named Vick the starter following the trading of Donovan McNabb and a Kevin Kolb concussion. From the Miracle in the Meadowlands to sensational wins over the likes of Washington in the final game of the 2011 season, Vick made the most of his second chance and changed the hearts of many in Philadelphia, who resented him upon arrival due to his controversial off-field activities that led to a prison sentence.

Vick would go on to spend time with the Jets and Steelers before calling it a day, but the gritty “second chance”, underdog mentality still echoes through the City of Brotherly Love to this day. To come back from such a deep low to rebirth an NFL career in the fashion Vick did is commendable, regardless of what opinions  his actions off the field may draw.

The pride of Virginia Tech ends his career with 22,464 yards, 133 touchdowns and 88 interceptions to go with his 6,109 rushing yards and 36 rushing touchdowns. To this day, Vick is still the only quarterback in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in a single season.

Michael Vick will always be remembered on the field as one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in league history, a human highlight reel and a real life Madden monster.

 

Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

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