There is a mess in D.C. right now. The Nation Capital’s football team is 3-11. The rookie coach seems clueless. The former star quarterback has lost his mojo. Almost everywhere you point with the Washington Redskins is carnage.
And yet, veteran quarterback Michael Vick said he’d like to end his pro football career there.
Why? Because he grew up in Newport News, Va., less than three hours from D.C. He was raised on the Redskins.
“That’s home,” Vick said, while “beaming like a child,” according to Newsday. “That’s home for me. Don’t get me excited. Don’t get me excited.”
Excited about playing for Daniel Snyder, the owner who refuses to change the team’s nickname despite pleas from Native Americans who call the term “Redskins” racially offensive? Yes, because Vick is just thinking about sentimentality—and a chance to join a team with former Philadelphia Eagle teammate DeSean Jackson.
“I know his speed, I know his acceleration path, I know when he’s coming out of his breaks,” Vick said of Jackson. “There’s nobody that knows DeSean Jackson better than me. I think he knows that, and we were just trying to position ourselves to be together again [in New York], but it didn’t work out.”
Because Vick wants it does not mean it will happen. For one, the Redskins would have to want him. Vick is in the last year or years of his career. He had a chance to command the starting quarterback job with the New York Jets, but did not perform well enough to keep it. You know it’s bad when Vick could not beat out Geno Smith.
“I’m open to playing for anybody that wants to win,” he said. “But obviously, going back home, I mean, that’ll be a dream come true. But I would hate to get my hopes up for something that wouldn’t happen.”