If Michael Vick, now home in Virginia finishing his sentence on dog fighting charges, wants to play football in 2009, he may have to do so with a new football league.
His football future is now in the hands of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who must determine if he will reinstate Vick to play for the first time since 2006.
If not, Vick may have to turn to the new United Football League to at least get some action on the field.
The UFL is the new professional league that will start play in October in four cities — New York, Las Vegas, Orlando, and San Francisco. All four teams have former NFL coaches — Dennis Green in San Fransico, Jim Haslett in Orlando, Jim Fassel in Las Vegas and Ted Cottrell in New York.
It will be interesting to see if Vick tries to play in the UFL if he is still banned from the NFL. He has no other options if he wants to play football as soon as he can, or risk more time on the shelf as his skills erode.
I will be on The Sports Reporters on ESPN 980 AM Washington on Thursday, May 28, from 5 to 7 p.m.
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