Michael Vick became a household name during his spectacular 1999 season at Virginia Tech. Many of his current Jets teammates were in elementary school at the time. He wishes they’d stop telling him that.
Some of the young guys on the roster have looked up to Vick for years, and so when he addresses them in practice, they often respond with, “Yes, sir” or “No, sir.” Vick, who will turn 34 this month, said he’s trying to correct that.
“That baffled me a little bit,” Vick said, via Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post. “I’m not that old, and I have to reiterate that over and over again. I may be 10 or 12 years their senior, but when you start calling me ‘sir,’ I need to start thinking about retiring.”
When players tell Vick things like how they liked to play as him in video games when they were kids, or how they wore No. 7 in Pop Warner because he wore it with the Falcons, he tries to act like it’s all in good fun.
“We got a good laugh off it,” Vick said. “Seriously, [though], deep down I really didn’t think it was funny.”
As every athlete eventually discovers, it’s not easy getting old.