Blank, Falcons hold retirement celebration for Vick, White
ATLANTA | Michael Vick received a big hug from Arthur Blank.
Vick also received an embrace from Blank’s team that he said would last a lifetime.
Vick, the dynamic quarterback whose career with the Atlanta Falcons ended in disgrace, and Roddy White, the leading receiver in franchise history, were honored with a retirement ceremony Monday.
Vick, who thrilled fans with his dual-threat skills as a passer and runner, and White, the physical and productive receiver, were two of the biggest stars and most dynamic players in Falcons history.
For Vick, the warm embrace from the Falcons was not automatic. After leading the Falcons to two playoff appearances and one NFC championship game appearance in his six years in Atlanta, Vick was sent to prison in 2007 for running a dogfighting operation. The revelation of the abuse of dogs on Vick’s property angered fans in Atlanta and around the nation.
He returned after missing two seasons to play five years for the Eagles and had backup stints with the Jets and Steelers.
Vick did not play last season, but expressed his wish to retire with the Falcons.