Vick officially retires from NFL

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Michael Vick was one of the most polarising figures in NFL history, and his controversial career has come to an end.

The dual-threat quarterback, who sat out all of the 2016 season following his departure from the Pittsburgh Steelers, said on Friday that he is officially hanging up his cleats.

Vick, 36, ended his 13-season NFL career with 133 touchdowns and 88 interceptions. He also rushed for 36 touchdowns.

Unfortunately his career was tainted by a brutal dog fighting scandal that led to prison time for the dynamic quarterback.

In a Players' Tribune article earlier this month, Vick chronicled his love for the Atlanta Falcons, the team that drafted him with the number one overall pick in 2001, before going on to play for the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets and the Steelers.

"I wanted to lead the Falcons to the Super Bowl," he said.

"When I tell people this, at first, I think most of them have the same reaction -- that I was delusional. Mike, you really thought, after all that, that you were going to come back to the Falcons ... and start at quarterback ... like nothing had happened?

"I think people would hear that I had hung on to the hope of returning to Atlanta as their quarterback ... and then maybe assume that I was in denial about my entire situation. That I still wasn't able to accept the full severity of what I had done.

"But there was one thing that I just had a permanent blind spot for: being the starting quarterback of the Falcons. It was something that I had taken so much pride in ... something that I had come to identify myself with so strongly. Who was I? I was Mike Vick, quarterback, Atlanta Falcons. I was those five words."

Vick will go down as a revolutionary quarterback that paved the way for a plethora of other signal-callers of the same style.