Michael Vick Has A New Job With Atlanta Spring Football League Team


FILE - In this January 1, 2017, file photo, former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick stands on the sidelines before an NFL football game between the Falcons and the New Orleans Saints in Atlanta.

Michael Vick is going back to Atlanta, this time as an offensive coordinator.

The 61-year-old Childress, who also is working as a Bears offensive consultant, joins Orlando's Steve Spurrier as the Alliance's first two official head coaching hires in what will be an eight-team league.

Atlanta's team plans to play their home games at Georgia State Stadium.

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Vick was the the No. 1 overall pick in the 2001 National Football League draft by the Falcons out of Virginia Tech, and immediately electrified the city and the National Football League for his running ability.

After being released from prison in July 2009, he spent five seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles followed by short stints with the New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers before ending his career in 2015.

'I've always had a passion for teaching, a passion for coaching, ' Vick said at Thursday's news conference in Atlanta.

Despite the outrage over his involvement in the dog-fighting ring, the Falcons honored Vick with a ceremony in June.

Childress has 40 years of coaching experience at the collegiate and professional level. But he's only been a head coach at one stop: From 2006 through most of 2010 with the Vikings. Childress most recently served as offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs before retiring from the game. "He brings a well-respected offensive mind, strong track record and a wealth of football knowledge to a city that is fueled by their fans". He now serves as an offensive consultant to the Chicago Bears. It's hard to say this league is a challenger to the NFL - season ticket deposits for the Atlanta franchise are just $50 - but it figures to be a developmental league that could fill a niche. The Alliance has committed to making a limited number of $35 sideline seats available for purchase.

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