Michael Vick to Host and Produce Docuseries on the History of Black NFL Quarterbacks

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Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick will executive produce and host an eight-part documentary series on the evolution of the Black quarterback in America.

The series aims to “provide equal parts history, context, and a glimpse into where the game and the country are going,” the show’s producers, Fubo Studios and SMAC Productions, said in a press release Wednesday.

The untitled project will feature Vick having one-on-one conversations with past and present football figures, including Patrick Mahomes, Cam Newton, Tony Dungy, Andy Reid and Doug Williams.

The show will also include appearances by cultural figures, celebrities and journalists to discuss the marginalization of Black quarterbacks and how some, including Doug Williams and Colin Kaepernick, became voices for change.

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Vick was the first Black quarterback ever drafted first overall pick in the NFL. He played for the Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles, and had stints with the New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers.

“I’m excited to be a part of this project because as a kid, I just wanted to have a shot at playing in the National Football League. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be the first African American quarterback drafted #1. I know that was a big step for us in society,” Vick said in a statement.

He continued, “I was always told that I revolutionized the quarterback position, but I also like to give credit to the ones who I idolized as a kid and who paved the way like Randall Cunningham, Steve McNair and Donovan McNabb. When you look at the evolution of the Black quarterback, it’s because of the people that came before us.”

“The story of the evolution of the Black quarterback is the story of how a group of men fought for the chance to play a position, revolutionized the game, and impacted and shaped culture off the field,” added Fred Anthony Smith, vice president of nonscripted at SMAC Entertainment. “I couldn’t think of a better guide to take us on this journey than Michael Vick.”

The series is the first production under the newly-formed Fubo Studios, FuboTV’s original production division dedicated to sports and entertainment programming.

“I couldn’t imagine a better first project for the launch of Fubo Studios than this powerful docuseries in partnership with my dear friends at SMAC,” said Pamela Duckworth, head of Fubo Networks and originals at FuboTV.

In addition to Vick, executive producers on the series are Kijafa Vick; Constance Schwartz-Morini of SMAC Productions; and David Gandler and Pamela Duckworth for Fubo Studios. Fred Anthony Smith will serve as executive producer and director.

A release date will be announced later.