Quarterback Michael Vick believes he can still compete in the NFL and is hoping for one final season at age 36.
The four-time Pro Bowl selection has been training four days a week in Florida with a personal trainer and a quarterbacks coach.
“I’m on the grind. I’m down in Florida with the family waiting on an opportunity,” Vick told ESPN on Wednesday. “This is the last year for me and I am going to wait it out. I just want to put the helmet on one more time and dedicate myself to the game one more year.”
Vick signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers in August 2015 after a shoulder injury to backup Bruce Gradkowski. He started three games following an injury to starter Ben Roethlisberger. He finished the season with 40-of-66 passing for 371 yards and two touchdowns, playing in five games.
Vick told ESPN that he considers his time in Pittsburgh as a learning experience.
“I think I’m in better shape now than I was last year,” Vick said. “Last year I was a little in my feelings, a little depressed thinking I should’ve been somewhere. Now I understand where I’m at. … That’s why I have been trying to work as hard as I can. I feel like last year I didn’t really show what I could do.”
Vick was the first overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft by Atlanta from Virginia Tech, and he played with the Falcons through 2006. He sat out two years while serving a prison sentence and an NFL-imposed suspension for running a dogfighting ring in his native Virginia.
Vick then spent 2009-13 with the Philadelphia Eagles before playing for the New York Jets in 2014.
Vick has appeared in 143 career games. He has 1,807 completions on 3,217 passes for 22,464 yards with 133 touchdowns with 88 interceptions. He has 6,109 rushing yards and 36 TDs on 873 carries.