QB Michael Vick tells ESPN he is retiring

QB Michael Vick tells ESPN he is retiring

"In this moment right now, I'm willing to say yeah, I'm officially retired", Vick said Friday, via ESPN.

"When I tell people this, at first, I think a lot of them have the same reaction - that I was delusional". The Falcons turned to current quarterback Matt Ryan when Vick was in prison in 2008. The move comes two days before his former beloved Falcons face the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl and two days since he released a heartfelt open letter to the city of Atlanta.

His career was derailed after he was convicted of running a multi-state dog-fighting ring, for which he spent almost two years in prison.

It sounds like Vick, who made it clear last summer that he wanted to keep playing, finally realized that no one really wanted to sign a 36-year-old quarterback who hasn't played at a high level since 2010. His 6,109 career rushing yards are an National Football League record for a quarterback.

Vick was the No. 1 overall pick in 2001 whose tenure in Atlanta ended in disgrace when he was arrested for running a dogfighting operation and spent 21 months in federal prison.

Vick finishes his career with 133 passing touchdowns and 36 rushing TDs in 143 games spanning 13 seasons.

Vick recently wrote a letter to the city of Atlanta that talked about his fall from grace and his love for the city.

Vick endured a series of injuries during his five years with the Eagles and also spent a season with the New York Jets before signing with Pittsburgh, which proved to be his final stop in the NFL.

Earlier this week, Vick penned a letter to Falcons fans on The Players' Tribune website, telling them how big of a fan he remains of the team.