Falcons to honor Michael Vick, Roddy White with retirement ceremony
All that talk from Michael Vick about retiring with the Atlanta Falcons apparently was no lie.
The Falcons announced on Friday that the franchise will hold a retirement ceremony Monday to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments both Vick and Roddy White had for the franchise.
“We consider all former Falcons to be Falcons for life, and part of our family,” Falcons owner Arthur Blank said in a statement. “Both men have made a huge impact on my family, our franchise and this city and we are thrilled to be able to honor both Roddy and Michael’s wishes to retire as Falcons, and celebrate their careers.”
Neither player will sign a one-day contract to be honored, but both men will be recognized by the team.
Vick was the No. 1 overall pick by the Falcons in 2001. Although he never fully lived up to the hype in part due to injuries, his prison sentences, and other reasons, he was still an exciting player during his six seasons playing for the club. He took them to the playoffs twice.
White was a first-round pick by the Falcons in 2005 and spent his entire career with the team. He had six straight 1,000-yard seasons with the team and racked up 808 career catches, 10,863 yards and 63 touchdowns during his career.
Vick had recently mentioned in a radio interview that he was in talks with the organization about retiring with the team, but then he quickly backed off.