Michael Vick (born June 26, 1980) is an American football quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League.
Michael Vick played for the Atlanta Falcons for six seasons before serving
time in prison for his involvement in cruelty to dogs.
Michael played college football at Virginia Tech, where as a freshman he placed third in the Heisman Trophy balloting. Michael Vick left after his sophomore year to enter the NFL and was drafted first overall by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2001 NFL Draft. He became the first African-American quarterback to be selected first overall in an NFL Draft. In six seasons with the Falcons, Michael Vick gained wide popularity for his performance on the field, and led the Falcons to the playoffs twice. Vick ranks second among quarterbacks in career rushing yards.
In April 2007, Michael was implicated in an illegal interstate dog cruelty ring that had operated over five years. In August 2007, Michael Vick pleaded guilty to federal felony charges and served 21 months in prison, followed by two months in home confinement. With the loss of his NFL salary and product endorsement deals, combined with previous financial mismanagement, Vick filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in July 2008. Falcons owner Arthur Blank did not want Michael on the Falcons, and after attempts to trade him failed, Vick was released. Michael Vick signed with the Philadelphia Eagles and was reinstated in Week 3 of the 2009 season.
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