Michael Vick is being fitted with a new flak jacket, one designed to keep him on the field and out of the trainer’s room.
The new jacket is so good, so Batman-esque, that its manufacturer fully stands behind it.
“I guarantee he will not get hurt,” Rob Vito, CEO of Unequal Technologies, told ESPN’s Darren Rovell.
Vick has missed three games in each of the last two seasons with rib injuries and this new gear is the only thing separating the Philadelphia Eagles from the prospect of starting quarterback Nick Foles or Trent Edwards. Vito says the jacket, made of a military-grade, battle-tested composite material that includes Kevlar, “was born on the battlefield and forged on the gridiron.”
Vick, who has an endorsement deal with the company, will be wearing its EXO Skeleton compression shirt, which has two rib protectors on either side.
“It’s going to be custom-fitted and fitted to protect all across my sternum, across my ribs,” Vick said Tuesday (via Rich Hoffmann of the Philadelphia Daily News). “I think it'll be a better fit.”
Vick, most recently injured in an Aug. 20 game against the New England Patriots, was back at practice Monday. He has taken only 20 snaps in two preseason games and isn’t expected to play until the Eagles’ Sept. 9 season opener against Cleveland.
Maybe they should make Vick’s entire uniform out of this stuff.