Blank, Fal­cons hold re­tire­ment cel­e­bra­tion for Vick, White

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS -

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.

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