Andy Reid and Michael Vick have a long history, dating back to Vick’s playing days in Philadelphia.
Now, the pair has been reunited. Reid brought Vick into Kansas City to work with quarterbacks during the Chiefs camp, explaining why to the Chiefs official website.
“Experience and another set of eyes from someone who knows the offense,” Reid said of why he decided to bring in Vick. “And obviously, he brings that respect from being a great player. He’s one of those guys that whatever he wanted to do, he could do. He could go into TV, radio, coaching, whatever, I mean he’s a good people person, you know he’s quiet, but he’s a good people person and he speaks well, and just has a good way about him.”
Vick is serving as a coaching intern for the coming few weeks during camp. The Chiefs have veteran starter Alex Smith entrenched at the position, as well as first-round draft pick Patrick Mahomes.
“He’s giving us tips that he learned when he was with Reid and the Eagles, talking about the drops and how you want to time them up,” Mahomes said. “I mean, he had one of the best seasons in NFL history in this offense, so you just listen to everything he says.”
Vick ran rampant as the Hokies quarterback in in 1999, leading Virginia Tech to an 11-0 regular season and a national championship game berth. He did it both with his left arm and his feet, wreaking havoc on opposing defenses as the epitome of a dual-threat quarterback. Vick threw for 2,065 yards and 13 touchdowns in 1999, rushing for 682 yards and nine touchdowns.
The Atlanta Falcons took him with the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft. He played 13 pro seasons for four teams, throwing for 22,462 yards and 133 touchdowns. He set NFL records for rushing yards by a quarterback in a season with 1,039 and a career with 6,109.
He did, however, have a big mark on his career: a 19-month prison term on dogfighting charges from 2007-09. He resumed his football career after his release, playing with the New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers.