Michael Vick pays Jets punter Ryan Quigley $10K for jersey number
Michael Vick wanted Ryan Quigley's jersey number so badly that he paid the Jets punter $10,000 this past week to wear it after signing with New York this offseason, according to a report this week from Kristian Dyer of Yahoo! Sports.
Quigley accepted the offer: Vick will wear No. 1 next season, and Quigley originally said he was going to spend the money on traveling, clothes or perhaps an apartment near the team's practice facility, as he's currently living out of a bedroom in teammate Chris Pantale’s childhood home. As Dyer reported, however, Quigley's thoughts of what to do with the cash turned elsewhere.
The 24-year-old South Carolina native will instead donate the money to Teen Angel of North Myrtle Beach, which supports homeless teenagers. Part of the sum of money will go toward to the Boys and Girls Club of New York.
According to the report, after briefly thinking about spending the money elsewhere, the Boston College product made up his mind and said he didn't second guess himself -- Quigley wasn't going to take a penny or even a dinner as part of the deal:
“Ten thousand dollars is a lot of money, especially for a guy like me early in my career. For a second, I thought that, but then I thought that I can do some good with it. You can give back in so many ways and money is one way...It was one of those things – I talked with my mom and my agent. I didn't even second-guess it. It felt right. It came out of nowhere."ROSE: NFL personnel believe Rams, Vikings have discussed Sam Bradford trade