Mike Vick returns to football, sort of

Lynette Rowe
May 19, 2017

Per the report, The American Flag Football League would house eight league-owned teams when it launches in 2018.

Financier Jeff Lewis came up with the idea while watching his son play in a flag football league. It'll be a 60-minute game played on a 100-yard field, just like the National Football League, but there will only be seven players on each side. It will begin by hosting a game featuring Vick and former National Football League running back Justin Forsett at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California, on June 2. "There's certainly a huge pool to take guys from".

Along with former NFL running back Justin Forest, Vick will be part of a new professional flag football start-up this upcoming June.

Lewis hopes other retired pros or young guys who didn't make the cut in the NFL will turn to flag football as a way to extend their careers.

The test next month also will include significant innovation to the sport.

Former Atlanta Falcons player Michael Vick stands on the field prior to the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Georgia Dome on January 1, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. The flags are attached by magnets to the belt instead of by velcro like kids and pickup leagues use. When the flag is fully detached a sensor will signal officials as to the exact point on the field when it was fully removed.

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The test game is set for June 27 in San Jose.

"We think what will make this successful is urgency, affinity and quality", Lewis said.

Vick, who last played in the National Football League with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2015 and has since retired, turns 37 on June 26.

Player salaries are still being worked out and one idea being tossed around is a player of the game bonus scored by a "pre-determined fantasy point system". This is why shows like American Idol and American Ninja Warrior have been popular. But it will be available to stream after the game, and we will absolutely watch the hell out of it.

The league won't be limited to former pros, though.

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