GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Michael Vick doesn't quite have the Ben Wallace look yet, but it's moving in that direction.
Getting a helmet over his growing hair might soon be a problem for Vick, the Atlanta Falcons do-everything quarterback. Yet, there will be no trips to the barbershop this summer or this season, not after what happened last summer.
Michael Vick says he won't cut his hair until he wins the Super Bowl. (AP)
"I'm growing my hair out it, and I'm not going to cut it until we win a Super Bowl," Vick said. "I was going to let my hair grow last season, but I cut it three weeks before I got hurt. I'm really superstitious, so I'm going to let it grow. As bad as I want it off my head, and as hot as I am, I won't cut it off until I win a Super Bowl. I will win a Super Bowl -- someday."
Revealing this piece of information as he sat comfortably in a golf cart at Furman University doing an interview, Vick wasn't kidding. His hair is considerably longer than it has been for most of his career, which might be good for a bandana endorsement or two, but the preference would be for a nice, neat trim come next February.
Vick is coming off a nightmare season, one in which he became the poster-boy for why stars should be protected in the preseason. While scrambling in the Falcons' second preseason game last summer, Vick suffered a broken leg, news that devastated a city and his growing legion of fans.
The NFL's new poster boy, a weapon of the like the league has never seen, was shelved because of a meaningless game running a meaningless play.
It led to a year of mostly watching for Vick, and a year of losing for the Falcons. It ultimately cost coach Dan Reeves his job. One year after a playoff season and an upset of the Packers, the Falcons finished 5-11.
Maybe this was a one-man team? It sure looked that way.
We know better because football is a team sport, and Vick is quick to give a wave of the hand when the one-man band and savior talk is brought up.
"Just because I'm back doesn't mean everybody else can simply not show up," Vick said. "This is a team game. You need all 11 guys every play to succeed. We all have to play together."
That sounds good, but without Vick this is a six-victory team. With him, they have playoff-and-beyond possibilities.