Michael Vick, Roddy White to get special Falcons retirement ceremony

Olive Rios
June 11, 2017

- The Atlanta Falcons have announced that the team will host a retirement reception for former Falcons Michael Vick and Roddy White on Monday.

Michael Vick is going to get his wish to retire as a member of the Falcons, but he's not going to have a whole stage to himself. The team also had Vick and White in the Georgia Dome in Falcons uniforms celebrating the team's greats from the Georgia Dome era (1992-2017) for the team's Week 17 game in January.

"We do not need a contract in place to consider them a part of our family and honor their decision to retire as a Falcon", Blank said.

"We consider all former Falcons to be Falcons for life, and part of our family", Blank said in a statement through the team.

Fully entrenched as the starting quarterback heading into his second year, Vick led the team to a 9-6-1 finish and a 27-7 wild card playoff win over Brett Favre and the heavily favored Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. He was with the team from 2001, when they took him with the first overall pick in the draft, through the 2006 season - before he was found guilty of running a dog-fighting ring and for which he served almost two years in prison.

Vick would go on to play seven more seasons in the National Football League - 5 years with the Eagles, 1 with the Jets and 1 with the Steelers. This is just one of them.

Vick played six seasons in Atlanta, from 2001-2006, and was named to three Pro Bowls. Wide receiver Roddy White is the team's all-time leader in receiving yards and touchdown catches. He had 63 touchdown receptions in his career.

White was selected to four consecutive Pro Bowls from 2008 to 2011. He told 11Alive last month that he wasn't planning any sort of comeback.

White was cut by the Falcons prior to the 2016 season. I don't know who's written that or wrote it.

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