Longtime NFL quarterback — and perhaps the league’s greatest rushing QB ever — Michael Vick will be joining Fox Sports as a broadcaster, according to USA Today.
The network will make a formal announcement on Sunday. The four-time Pro Bowler will be a studio analyst for “Fox NFL Kickoff,” which leads into “Fox NFL Sunday.” He’ll also appear on FS1’s studio shows.
Speaking with USA Today over the phone Friday, the retired quarterback said, “I’m very excited. Over the last seven or eight months, I’ve done a lot of interviews, and I think I’ve gotten better as I’ve been put in those situations more often.”
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Speaking with the same outlet, Vick said he’s prepared to have his every word dissected by eager viewers and even more Twitter users. “I think I’m ready for it,” he said. “I have already been through that during my career and have had a lot of practice doing interviews. You have to be careful because anything you say can go viral.”
So, how does Vick see himself operating in front of the bright lights of the studio?
Well, he will admittedly get a bit more critical of the league’s brightest stars — when need be.
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“I have never criticized guys, but I will be critical,” he told the outlet. “Great players understand that… I’m a credible guy and I think people will respect that.”
The fleet-footed quarterback officially retired as an Atlanta Falcon this June, and was then brought onto the coaching staff of the Kansas City Chiefs — as a coaching intern.
Vick, 37, first found fame as the nimble QB for the Falcons from 2001-2006. He then spent 21 months in federal prison for his role in a dog fighting ring. Then, he was a member of the Philadelphia Eagles from 2009-2013. After, he found backup work with the New York Jets in 2014 and Pittsburgh Steelers in 2015.
He ended his career with 22,464 passing yards, 133 passing touchdowns and 88 interceptions. On the ground, he rushed for 6,109 yards and scored 36 times.