Michael Vick will be back on a pro football field in the NFL city with which he will forever be associated for both good and bad reasons. It’s just not as an Atlanta Falcons quarterback.
Vick will serve as offensive coordinator for the Alliance of American Football’s Atlanta franchise when the spring league launches play in February 2019.
Vick, 37, has no previous coaching experience. However, the club’s new head coach, Brad Childress, has 40 years worth highlighted by his five seasons leading the Vikings.
The Falcons-Vick relationship is far better now. Vick truly reformed himself and resumed a successful NFL career that lasted through the 2015 season. He officially retired last year as a ceremonial member of the Falcons.
Vick has since ventured into broadcasting and is playing in a $1 million pro flag-football tournament. Explaining his pursuit of a coaching opportunity, Vick said, “I have a love and passion for teaching the game of football. I’ve learned so much over the course of my career, playing for and being mentored by some of the best coaches in all of football.”
Vick also still feels a strong connection to Atlanta.
“I’m committed to paying it forward, helping players grow and putting some of my ideas into action on the football field,” he said. “To do this in Atlanta just makes it that much sweeter. I want to bring a championship to Atlanta. It’s always been a dream of mine, and now I have another shot.”
“Bus Cook, Brett Favre’s agent, great story,” the Heisman-winning QB said. “Every agent does the same thing, they give their resume, what they’re about, all this stuff. Finally, when he was about to give me a chance to talk, he asked, ‘So, when did Bob Stoops start recruiting you?’ And I literally, I said, ‘Excuse me?’ And he repeated the question. And then I said, ‘Yeah, I gotta go.’ And I just hung up.”
Cook, who has an impressive list of NFL clients with the likes of Cam Newton, Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney, shot himself in the foot by not doing his homework on the Heisman Trophy winner.
Mayfield began his college career as a walk-on at Texas Tech before transferring to Oklahoma and joining the Stoops-led Sooners as a walk-on.
“If you’re going to pursue a guy and say that you want him, you want to be that guy that’s going to be there for him, why not do your research?” Mayfield said. “And I get it, he doesn’t need me, he’s already made enough money, it doesn’t matter, but at the same time, that just shows what’ll happen if you go to those big agencies, those big places. There’s no personal relationship, and that’s always been important to me.”