Michael Vick To Executive Produce & Host Docuseries On The Evolution Of Black NFL Quarterbacks
Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick will executive produce and host an eight-part documentary series on the evolution of the Black quarterback in America.
According to reports, the docuseries will feature Michael Vick, 42, in conversation with former and current football players and coaches; including Patrick Mahomes, Cam Newton, Tony Dungy, Andy Reid, and Doug Williams. Vick will also speak with celebrities, journalists, and cultural figures about their perspectives of the game and evolving culture.
Michael Vick had this to say in a statement about the upcoming docuseries:
“I’m excited to be a part of this project because as a kid, I just wanted to have a shot at playing in the National Football League. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be the first African American quarterback drafted #1. I know that was a big step for us in society.”
“I was always told that I revolutionized the quarterback position, but I also like to give credit to the ones who I idolized as a kid and who paved the way like Randall Cunningham, Steve McNair and Donovan McNabb. When you look at the evolution of the Black quarterback, it’s because of the people that came before us. And now, I’m thankful for the dual threat concept that has changed the game for the better.”
It’s safe to say Vick has come a long way since his 2007 dog-fighting controversy.
As you may recall, it’s been 15 years since the former NFL star was convicted for felony charges of operating, participating in, and financing a dogfighting organization. While Vick’s cousin was being investigated for drug trafficking, evidence was found that the Bad Newz Kennel facilitated parties to bet on dogfighting matches, with underperforming pups violently executed. The athlete spent 21 months in federal prison.
As Vick mentioned, he was the first Black quarterback to go No. 1 overall in the NFL draft when the Atlanta Falcons took him out of Virginia Tech in 2001. He went on to have a historic 13-year NFL career with the Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets, and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Michael and his wife Kijafa Vick, SMAC Productions’ Constance Schwartz-Morini, and Fubo Studios’ David Gandler and Pamela Duckworth serve as executive producers. Fred Anthony Smith, vice president of non-scripted at SMAC Entertainment, is set to direct and executive produce the series.
Smith had this to say about the upcoming project,
“The story of the evolution of the Black quarterback is the story of how a group of men fought for the chance to play a position, revolutionized the game, and impacted and shaped culture off the field.”
“I couldn’t think of a better guide to take us on this journey than Michael Vick, someone who grew up watching so many of the groundbreakers of the 80s and 90s, and who himself has inspired so many of today’s greatest players.”
No word yet on when the docuseries is set to premiere.
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