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Michael Vick will lead offense of new pro football league team in Atlanta

The Alliance of American Football announced Wednesday that Atlanta will be the league’s second market during an introductory press conference of head coach Brad Childress and offensive coordinator Michael Vick at Georgia State Stadium.

Childress, who serves as an offensive consultant to the Chicago Bears, has 40 years of coaching experience. He has stints with collegiate teams and the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings and Kansas City Chiefs.

Vick, the first overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft, played for the Atlanta Falcons from 2001-06. In 13 NFL seasons, Vick recorded 22,464 passing yards and 133 passing touchdowns, as well as 6,109 rushing yards and 36 touchdowns. 

Eleven years ago to the day, Vick’s property in Virginia was raided and police found dozens of dogs, some heavily scarred, and various paraphernalia associated with dog fighting. The probe and eventual conviction led to Vick’s release by the Falcons. The former Falcons quarterback retired in February 2017 and had a retirement ceremony hosted by the Falcons on his behalf in June.

» Photos: Michael Vick’s former dogfighting home transitioned

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The Alliance will be comprised of eight teams - with 50 players each - that will play 10 regular-season games,  followed by a four-team playoff.

Alliance Atlanta home games will be played at Georgia State Stadium when the season begins on Feb. 9, 2019.

Season tickets for the inaugural season can purchased for a $50 down payment on AAF.com or by calling (833) AAF-2019. A limited number of $35 sideline seats also are available for purchase.

Steve Spurrier was previously named as the head coach of the Alliance’s Orlando team.

(Alliance Atlanta) will begin play in February 2019. (Alliance Atlanta)

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