Throwback Thursday: Vick & Owens
By Drew Hammell
In 2006, Michael Vick and Terrell Owens were at the pinnacle of their careers. Vick was in his sixth season with the Atlanta Falcons, and would become the first quarterback to ever rush for over 1000 yards in a single season that year. Owens was in his eleventh NFL season, and first year with the Dallas Cowboys. He would lead the league in touchdown receptions that year with 13.
Both men were flying high. With his rocket-like left arm and blazing speed, Vick was one of the top quarterbacks in the league. Though Owens was unpredictable emotionally on and off the field, he was still one of the most talented wide receivers the game had ever seen.
The two were so marketable that Nike released a commercial featuring Vick and Owens as video game characters in ‘06. Competing in the freezing snow, with seemingly 100 defenders bearing down on them, Vick scrambled all over the field, while Owens got open to make an incredible catch after a sizzling throw from Vick.
The commercial was a hit and is still popular eleven years later. Unfortunately for Vick and Owens, their careers would not fare as well. In August 2007, Michael Vick was arrested for running a dog-fighting ring, and served 21 months in prison during the prime of his football career. He would return as a shell of himself two years later, after the Philadelphia Eagles (ironically Owens’ former team) signed him to a one-year contract.
Vick would go on to play five years with the Eagles, and showed some signs of brilliance. However, injuries and inconsistent play would hamper his overall performance in Philadelphia. In 2014, Vick moved on to the Jets for one year, and then played for the Steelers in 2015.
Terrell Owens would go on to play two more seasons with the Cowboys in ’07 and ‘08, but will be remembered as more of a distraction than a help to the team. He would move on to play one season in Buffalo, and then a final NFL stint with the Bengals. After Cincinnati, Owens moved on to the Canadian Football League, and played one season with the Allen Wranglers. After that, he signed a contract with the Seattle Seahawks, but never played a game for them.
Michael Vick has not officially retired yet, but reports say he plans to announce his retirement and hold a party in Houston, where the Super Bowl will be played this Sunday. Terrell Owens has not officially retired, either. In 2015, he was still working out and hoped to return to the NFL, but no teams have ever expressed interest.
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