Former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has been hired as a studio analyst on “Fox NFL Kickoff”, according to USA Today.
Fox Sports is expected to announce the hiring on Sunday.
"I'm very excited," Vick said, according to USA Today Sports. "Over the last seven or eight months, I've done a lot of interviews, and I think I've gotten better as I've been put in those situations more often. Things really came together (with Fox) over the last couple months. They have shows that I have always watched and admired. My friends and family are thankful and proud of me."
Vick, who offically retired alongside former teammate Roddy White in a ceremoney held by the Atlanta Falcons in June, will also appear on FS1 studio shows as part of his role as an analyst.
The former quarterback made a noteworthy appearance on FS1’s “Speak For Yourself” in July when he said that free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick should cut his hair if he wanted to sign with an NFL team. Kaepernick has not signed with an NFL team after he opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers in March.
Vick later clarified his comments and apologized for any offense taken.
"I think I'm ready for it... I have never criticized guys, but I will be critical. Great players understand that,” Vick said to USA Today. “I've seen the reactions from my teammates watching shows in the team lounge when they disagree with something. I'm a credible guy and I think people will respect that."
In his 13 seasons in the NFL, Vick threw for 22,464 yards and 133 touchdowns and rushed for 6,109 yards and 36 touchdowns.
Earlier in the summer, Vick was a coaching intern with the Kansas City Chiefs.
“He was obviously an outstanding player, but we feel he has an incredibly bright future as an analyst," Fox Sports president of production and executive producer John Entz said, according to USA TODAY Sports. "He has stayed close to the game and has many relationships with today's current coaches and players. We feel he can bring a truly unique perspective that intrigues and engages our viewers.”
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