Michael Vick and Roddy White were close as teammates, and now they’ll semi-officially retire as Falcons together, as well.
The Falcons just announced that they’ll hold a retirement ceremony for the two franchise greats this coming Monday, June 12th. Neither one will sign a one-day contract with the team, but it’s still a cool gesture that sends them off as members of the Falcons for all intents and purposes. Both are deserving, but particularly #84.
Falcons owner Arthur Blank says in statement the team will retire Michael Vick and Roddy White as Falcons on... https://t.co/cKPlzMKJKl— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) June 9, 2017
Roddy was cut by the team in the 2016 offseason, which left some bad feelings in its wake, particularly between White and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. Shanny’s out of the picture now, though, and Roddy is an obvious franchise great who deserves to be in the Ring of Honor someday. He’s the current franchise leader in every major career receiving category, and he was a fiery locker room presence and great quote throughout his career. I loved Roddy, and I suspect most every Falcons fan did, too. Seeing him honored is an important thing for White, the team, and the fanbase.
Vick won’t go down with the same reputation—his arrest and imprisonment for his involvement in a dog fighting ring ensures that—but he was one of the most electric players in franchise history, a mostly successful quarterback, and the all-time career leader in rushing yards by a quarterback. He was also an icon for the team who indisputably raised the franchise’s profile, made Falcons football incredibly fun, and steered the team to a rare NFC Conference Championship berth. Bygones are bygones ten years after that disastrous 2007, and Vick too deserves to be recognized for his contributions to the team.
Congratulations to both Roddy and Vick, and we’ll look forward to checking out the ceremony on Monday.