The ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION reports federal prison officials deny that Vick has been huddling up while serving time in Leavenworth. But it all may be just a wacky misunderstanding.
The news of Michael’s football behind bars came from Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, who told the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS that he’s been in contact with his former star QB via exchanged letters.
Blank had said that Vick was staying in shape by playing football, and that the former Falcon “played quarterback for both sides” in a prison game.
U.S. Bureau of Prisons spokesperson Tracy Billingsley explained why it wouldn’t be possible for Vick to put on pads instead of a prison jumpsuit:
“It’s not unheard-of for inmates to toss around a football,” she said. “But there just are no games until the fall.”
The games aren’t the smash-face affairs to which Vick is accustomed, either. “Our institutes only play flag football,” she said.
But to be fair to Arthur, he never mentioned that Michael was playing prison pigskin in full football gear - at least according to his quotes used in the D-N article. When Blank mentioned a “prison football team”, he likely wasn’t thinking the same set-up that he sees on fall Sundays at the Georgia Dome.
So, instead of drawing up dramatic plays to outwit the guards, Vick was just standing around the exercise yard making a few tosses.
Well, there goes the “Longest Yard” re-remake.