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Exclusive: Former NFL quarterback Vick coming out of retirement

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Jan 1, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick during pregame before the Falcons game against the Recent Orleans Saints on the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

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May 20 (Reuters) – Michael Vick, the once-dynamic NFL quarterback whose involvement in a dogfighting ring halted a wide ranging profession in its prime, has agreed to come back out of retirement to hitch startup league Fan Controlled Football, a source told Reuters on Friday.

Vick, a former first overall draft pick who last suited up for a National Football League game in 2015, will make his debut on May 28, the last day of the regular season, in accordance with the source who said an official announcement is predicted next week.

The 41-year-old Vick has not yet been assigned a team.

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Vick is the most recent high-profile player to enroll with Fan Controlled Football, joining a gaggle that features Pro Football Hall of Famer Terrell Owens and Johnny Manziel, whose much-hyped NFL profession fizzled out after two seasons.

Based on the source, Vick agreed to a comeback after seeing the success that good friend Owens has been having since he signed with the league this yr.

Fan Controlled Football, which this yr doubled in size to eight teams for its second season, is a condensed 7-on-7 form of American football played on a 50-yard indoor field and acts as a real-life video game that enables fans to call the plays.

Vick was chosen by the Atlanta Falcons with the primary pick of the 2001 NFL Draft, making him the primary Black quarterback to be taken with the highest pick, and he went on to dazzle fans along with his breakaway running speed and powerful passing arm.

A standout in Atlanta for many of his six seasons with the Falcons, Vick pleaded guilty in 2007 and apologized for his role in an illegal dogfighting enterprise often called “Bad Newz Kennels” that ultimately saw him spend nearly two years in prison.

Vick returned in 2009 with the Philadelphia Eagles where he served as a seldom-used backup but took over the starting role the subsequent season and was at his best en path to being named the NFL Comeback Player of the Yr and earning the fourth Pro Bowl collection of his profession.

After five seasons with Philadelphia, Vick went on to be a backup for the Recent York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers in what proved to be his final two NFL seasons.

Vick officially retired in 2017 after having passed for 22,464 yards and 133 touchdowns during 13 NFL seasons and his 6,109 profession rushing yards remain probably the most by a quarterback.

Fan Controlled Football’s seven-week regular season, which will probably be followed by playoffs, kicked off in mid-April. All games are being held at a single Atlanta facility.

Vick is predicted to offer an extra boost to Fan Controlled Football rankings which, five weeks into the season, have surpassed all of last season’s viewership combined.

Based on Fan Controlled Football, it has attracted over 12 million viewers across Twitch, Peacock, NBCLX, DAZN and fubo Sports Network this season.

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Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto, editing by Ed Osmond

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