Arthur Blank has been keeping in touch with Michael Vick. And the Falcons owner tells the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS that his former meal ticket has found a hobby while harbored in the hoosegow - playing football.
Vick’s currently serving a 23-month sentence after pleading guilty to dogfighting charges. But Blank says his prison pen pal has been passing time in the federal pen by passing the pigskin around:
“He is staying in shape,” Blank told The News. “Apparently, there was a prison football team and he played quarterback for both sides.”
So, he goes both ways? Some inmates must be overjoyed to hear that. Hope Mike has the same strong grip on the soap as he does on the pigskin.
We bet Vick always had dreams of quarterbacking in the Big House, but he was probably thinking more along the lines of Ann Arbor instead of Leavenworth.
But it’s not all fun & football for the federal prisoner, as Vick has also been having to earn his keep. Blank reports that the QB is “washing pots and pans for 12 cents an hour.”
It seems Mike now has an alternate career to fall back on if Roger Goodell definitely decides to keep Vick on indefinite suspension from the NFL.
And we’re really looking forward to the inevitable re-remake of “The Longest Yard”, starring Chris Rock as Vick. A quick note to movie producers: take precautions when you phone him up about the role.
On second thought, it probably won’t be Chris, since he might actually make the movie entertaining. We would suggest casting some current “SNL” star, but we, like the rest of the nation, have no idea who’s even on the show.