Michael Vick to Play Football Upon Release From Prison…But Where?
According to Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback, talks with the United Football League commissioner, an upstart football league, there is a good chance that Michael Vick may end up playing football for the UFL instead of the NFL.
King wrote that the commissioner, Michael Huyghue, told him that there is a 98% chance that Vick is going to play in the UFL once he is released from prison.
Now, I don’t know about you, but you really want to see Michael Vick play in a league that is a step down from the NFL?
Look, you have to be real about the situation. If you really want to see this guy doing his thing on an NFL field again, then his best move is to go ahead in play in the UFL for a year. First of all, he needs the money. Vick could possibly earn as much as $4 million in one year with NFL, which would put him a good position to pay back all of his debts and come out in the black at the end of the season. If he went to the NFL, he’s not going to make a quarter of that type of money, and the fact of the matter is, he owes a lot of people money.
Second of all, Vick will need to get reacclimated to the game of football before he comes back to the NFL—especially if he is going to play quarterback again. Because if he came back the league, he wouldn’t be ready to play QB right away. He’ll need to get to use to pass rushes, finding receivers and reading defenses—and he didn’t some of those things all that well in the first place!
Lastly, who is even to say that NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, is going to let Michael Vick in the NFL in 2009? There is a good chance that he will apply his own penalty on the former Falcon once he is released from prison. Vick lied to Roger’s face, and when you lie to the guy who is essentially in charge of your paycheck, you have to be willing to live with the consequences.
So commissioner Huyghue says there is a 98% chance that Vick will end up in the UFL? I like those chances, and I like that prospect for Vick, too.
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