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Mike Vick returns to football, sort of

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Former NFL quarterback Mike Vick has retired from football of the tackle variety. He will nevertheless return to the field, without pads.

Via Darren Rovell of, Vick will participate in a professional flag football game on June 27. Recently-retired running back Justin Forsett also will be playing in the game.

It’s a test run for a potential eight-team league, which would play seven-on-seven football on a 100-yard field for 60 minutes at a time.

“I just thought to myself, ‘what would this look like if great athletes played this?'” American Flag Football League founder Jeff Lewis said, via Rovell. “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.”

Lewis won’t necessarily be looking for the best of the best, however.

“We’ll try to find a 60-year-old guy with a beer gut who can stand in and be a quarterback of one of our teams,” Lewis said. While that sounds intriguing, Lewis will need to decide whether he wants it to be a competitive football league or a reality-style sideshow.

Either way, it’s going to be an uphill climb. When it comes to football, it’s become well established that it’s damn near impossible to lure American fans to something beyond the NFL, college football, and their local high-school programs.

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17 Responses to “Mike Vick returns to football, sort of”
  1. crappygovernment says: May 18, 2017 7:00 PM

    career NFL playoff wins: Mike Vick 2, Tebow 1

  2. FinFan68 says: May 18, 2017 7:06 PM

    Games would be way too long and a regulation size field field is way too big for flag football 7/7. It wouldn’t be a game. It would be grown men chasing each other and not much else. I don’t have a problem with the league concept but they need to seriously take a better look at how the games would actually be played.

  3. aliveguy24 says: May 18, 2017 7:12 PM

    Vick would still be a better option for a few teams right now

  4. arianil985 says: May 18, 2017 7:19 PM

    Every September, my Vikings return to football, sort of!

  5. dynastyfootballforme says: May 18, 2017 7:31 PM

    60 year old guy with a beer gut? Well that shoots down any credibility. Sounds like my family BBQ get together

  6. jayniner says: May 18, 2017 7:35 PM

    arianil985 says:
    May 18, 2017 7:19 PM

    Every September, my Vikings return to football, sort of!


    So do my Niners….

  7. xdolfan says: May 18, 2017 8:18 PM

    Y’all should check out The A7FL on YouTube. Tackle football without pads.

  8. florida76 says: May 18, 2017 9:07 PM

    Flag football isn’t on the same level as youth tackle football. Not enough people will pay to watch the sport without the physicality.

    Like it or not, the game of football is built around big time collisions.

  9. raiderinva says: May 18, 2017 9:07 PM

    Barry Sanders would still today be absolutely lethal on this field.

    I would pay to that….

  10. weepingjebus says: May 18, 2017 9:32 PM

    Kaepernick’s hair just tripled in size at the thought of that many flags. Thank you.

  11. vottorific says: May 18, 2017 9:33 PM

    Wouldn’t buy a ticket, but would watch on tv.

  12. bongwaterwally says: May 19, 2017 3:54 AM

    Bring back female Rollar Derby.

  13. leftypointspread says: May 19, 2017 5:33 AM

    Am I that much of a football fan to watch that on TV? Yes. Yes I am.

  14. edon8334 says: May 19, 2017 7:30 AM


  15. touchdownelvis says: May 19, 2017 8:05 AM

    “We’ll try to find a 60-year-old guy with a beer gut who can stand in and be a quarterback of one of our teams”

    Or they could just give Jared Lorenzen a call.

  16. backuppunter says: May 19, 2017 6:16 PM


  17. Chucky Chucksteak says: May 20, 2017 1:41 PM


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