Recently retired former NFL quarterback Michael Vick is making his way back to football. His latest adventure will take him to the flag football side of the game.
Along with former NFL running back Justin Forest, Vick will be part of a new professional flag football start-up this upcoming June.
The league was created by financier Jeff Lewis whose son plays flag football. Lewis had this to say about launching a league in which professional athletes could participate.
“I just thought to myself, ‘what would this look like if great athletes played this?'” Lewis said, per Darren Rovell of ESPN. “There’s certainly a huge pool to take guys from. Every single year, NFL teams cut 800 guys. We need less than 100 players to field eight teams.”
Why not? The idea is simple enough and would enable guys like Vick and Forsett another avenue to play the sport they love.
Per the report, The American Flag Football League would house eight league-owned teams when it launches in 2018. There will be test-run game taking place in late June of this year in San Jose, California. Vick and Forsett will be participating in this game.
Once the league is officially created, games will be played on a regulation sized 100-yard football field and last sixty minutes, according to Rovell. It will be of the seven-on-seven variety.
Lewis envisions college players who do not make it into the NFL will also participate in the league.
As for Vick, his last time on the football field was in 2015 a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played in five games when Ben Roethlisberger was sidelined with injury. His entire career consisted of 13 seasons after getting drafted No. 1 overall by the Atlanta Falcons in 2001.
Lewis’ business venture at least gives Vick another shot at lining up on the football field.