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Michael Vick to take part in American Flag Football League trial game

Michael Vick
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Michael Vick will be back playing on a football field in the near future, though not in the NFL.

Vick, the former NFL quarterback, will play in an upcoming game for the new professional American Flag Football League, ESPN.com reported Thursday.

The game will be held June 2 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California and serve as a trial to help fine-tune the product of the game before an official launch. The league will attempt to feature eight league-owned franchises in 2018.

AFFL founder and financier Jeff Lewis said he got the idea for the league from watching his son play flag football.

“I just thought to myself, ‘What would this look like if great athletes played this?'” Lewis said. “There’s certainly a huge pool to take guys from. Every single year, NFL teams cut 800 guys. We need less than 100 players to field eight teams.”

The games will be played 7-on-7 on a full 100-yard football field with 60 minutes of game time.

Along with Vick, former NFL running back Justin Forsett also will participate in the game.

Vick, who last played in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2015 and has since retired, turns 37 on June 26. He played collegiately at Virginia Tech.

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