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Brad Childress

Head Coach, Alliance Atlanta

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Brad Childress began his coaching career at the University of Illinois, spending the 1978 season as a graduate assistant before coaching both the running backs and wide receivers for six seasons (1979-84). In 1985, he entered the NFL ranks, spending one season as the quarterbacks coach/quality control with the Indianapolis Colts. Over the next 13 years, he made collegiate coaching stops at Northern Arizona (1986-89), Utah (1990) and Wisconsin (1991-98). As the quarterbacks coach/offensive coordinator at Wisconsin, the Badgers appeared in five bowl games, which included Rose Bowl victories in 1993 and 1998.

In 1999, Childress returned to the NFL as quarterbacks coach of the Philadelphia Eagles (1999-01) and spent his final four years with the team as offensive coordinator (2002-05).

During his tenure, the Eagles posted a 70-42 record (.625), captured four consecutive NFC East Division titles (2001-04) and advanced to the postseason five straight seasons (2000-04). Philadelphia also represented the NFC in Super Bowl XXXIX following the 2004 season. As offensive coordinator, Childress led a group that ranked in the top 10 in total offense twice, amassed more than 5,000 yards each season and averaged 333.8 yards per game.

In 2006, Childress was hired as head coach of the Vikings. He guided Minnesota to a 39-35 (.527) regular season record as the team won consecutive NFC North division titles (2008-09) for the first time in 28 years (1977-78). During Childress’ first four seasons at the helm, the Vikings’ rushing offense posted the fourth-most rushing yards in the NFL (136.1 yards per game) and the third-best average per rush attempt (4.5 avg.). Defensively, the Vikings led the NFL in rushing defense for three straight seasons (2006-08) and finished second in 2009, while leading the league with 48.0 sacks.

Following one season with the Cleveland Browns as offensive coordinator (2012), Childress was reunited with Andy Reid at Kansas City as spread game analyst and special projects coordinator. In 2016 he was promoted to co-offensive coordinator before being named assistant head coach in 2017. In his four seasons with the Chiefs, the team reached the playoffs three times, including an AFC West Division title in 2017.

After retiring following the 2017 season, Childress was hired as an offensive consultant to the Chicago Bears.

 


Michael Vick

Offensive Coordinator, Alliance Atlanta

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Michael Vick played his collegiate career at Virginia Tech (1998-00). After redshirting his freshman year, he led the Hokies to an undefeated season and a spot in the Sugar Bowl, where they fell to Florida State in the national championship game. Vick was named the Big East's Offensive Player of the Year and finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting. The following year, Vick led Virginia Tech to a Gator Bowl victory over the Clemson Tigers, earning MVP honors. Vick declared for the NFL Draft following his sophomore season.

In 2001, Vick was selected first overall by the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL Draft, transforming the quarterback position over the course of his six years with the team through his explosive, big play abilities. In his first full season as a starter (2002), Vick completed 231 of 421 passes for 2,936 yards and 16 touchdowns and had 113 carries for 777 yards and eight rushing touchdowns, leading the Falcons to a first-round playoff upset of the Green Bay Packers and earning his first Pro-Bowl appearance. In 2004, Vick led the Falcons to the NFC Championship while posting the third-highest single-season rushing total in NFL history. He was selected for his second Pro Bowl appearance. In his time with the Falcons, Vick broke numerous records, including becoming the first quarterback to rush for over 1,000 yards in a single season.

In 2009, Vick was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles, and in 2010, Vick had the best statistical season of his career, finishing with 3,018 yards passing and 21 touchdowns and 100 carries for 676 yards and nine touchdowns. He was named to his fourth Pro Bowl and voted Comeback Player of the Year.

Vick closed out his career with the New York Jets (2014) and Pittsburgh Steelers (2015). On June 12, 2017, he retired with the Atlanta Falcons.

Following his retirement, Vick spent the 2017 preseason alongside Atlanta Alliance head coach Brad Childress on the Kansas City Chiefs coaching staff.

In June 2006, Vick, along with his brother Marcus and mother Brenda, established The Vick Foundation, a nonprofit organization to support at-risk youth with after-school programs in the Metro Atlanta and Hampton Roads areas.


 

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