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Michael Vick

Vick at the 2006 Pro Bowl.

Atlanta Falcons No. 7


Date of Birth: June 26, 1980 (1980-06-26) (age 27)

Place of Birth: Newport News, Virginia

Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)

National Football League Debut

2001 for the Atlanta Falcons

Career Highlights and Awards

Pro Bowl (three seasons)

Career History

College: Virginia Tech

NFL Draft: 2001 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1


Atlanta Falcons (2001-2006)

Stats at NFL.com

Michael Dwayne Vick

Charge(s) Conspiracy in interstate commerce/aid of unlawful animal fighting venture (Title 18, USC, Section 371)

Penalty 23 months in prison, three years probabtion

Status 1. (federal) Incarcerated, awaiting sentencing (Currently faces up to 5 years in prison) 2. (state) Indicted by Grand Jury on charges of dogfighting and unlawfully torturing and killing dogs (awaiting trial)

Occupation American football quarterback

Parents Michael Boddie, Brenda Vick

Michael Dwayne Vick (born June 26, 1980, in Newport News, Virginia) is a suspended and incarcerated National Football League (NFL) quarterback (Atlanta Falcons team). As a result of his role in illegal dog fighting and related gambling activity, he is serving 23 months confinement from federal conviction and sentence imposed in December in 2007.[1][2] Vick will be tried by a Virginia court on separate state-level felony charges in April 2008 (though his legal team has neither ruled out double-jeopardy arguments nor plea deals).[3]

After becoming a standout high school football player with Newport News Public Schools, he was awarded a scholarship to attend Virginia Tech, where his football career included a trip to the 2000 Sugar Bowl, which was also the BCS title game. He left Virginia Tech after three years, and was the top pick in the 2001 NFL Draft. His early career included league records, playoff appearances and lucrative endorsements, and he would eventually receive a contract for $130 million in 2004, making him the highest paid NFL player at the time, with additional income from many product endorsement arrangements.

Following discovery by authorities in April 2007 of extensive facilities used for dog fighting at his 15 acre property in southeastern Virginia, Vick and three other men were indicted on federal felony charges related to his involvement with an illegal interstate dog fighting ring known as Bad Newz Kennels, which, according to the Urban Dictionary, is a reference to the slang name for the inner-city neighborhood in Newport News where Vick and several of the convicted co-conspirators grew up.[4] After all three co-defendants submitted guilty pleas and agreed to testify against him, Vick also agreed to a plea bargain and was convicted of a single felony county under federal law in August, 2007.

On November 30, two of his 3 co-defendants were sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Henry E. Hudson in Richmond to terms of 18 and 21 months each in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised probation following their release. The sentences, while substantially less than maximum penalties, were longer than had been recommended by federal prosecutors. This fueled speculation by legal experts that sentences for Vick and the other co-defendant, each of whom had greater roles in the dog fighting ring, will also be greater than recommended in their plea agreements.[5] Vick is due to be sentenced on December 10[6] and final co-defendant on December 14.[7]

As of December 3, 2007, all four men were still facing trials on separate state charges after indictments were returned by a local grand jury in Surry County, Virginia in September, 2007. Vick was being held at Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Virginia.[8] His trial in Surry County Circuit Court has been set for April 2, 2008. If convicted on each of the two state felony charges he faces, the maximum penalty is a total of 10 years in a Virginia penitentiary.

In August 2007, Vick was suspended indefinitely by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The Falcons have sought to reclaim bonus money paid Vick, and on October 10, 2007, an arbitrator ruled that the team is entitled to recoup $19.9 million from him.[9] By the end of the summer, most of his many product endorsement relationships had been suspended or terminated. Subsequently, three banks filed multi-million dollar civil law suits in several U.S. District courts to recover loans which each of the banks claimed to be in default of terms.

On November 20, 2007, after Vick was observed to be liquidating some of his real estate assets, notably the dog-fighting estate property near Smithfield, Virginia and one of his three multi-million dollar homes (the one located near Atlanta), the federal authorities asked Judge Hudson to order him to set aside funds to meet the terms of his plea agreement. In response, Vick agreed to deposit nearly $1 million dollars in an escrow account with his attorneys to reimburse costs of caring for the confiscated dogs, most of which are now being offered for adoption on a selective basis under supervision of a court-appointed specialist. Experts say some of the animals will require special care for the rest of their lives.[10]

Contents [hide]

1 Early years

1.1 Childhood

1.2 Early amateur athletics

2 Athletic career

2.1 High school

2.2 College career

2.3 Professional career

2.3.1 NFL Draft

2.3.2 Early NFL career

2.3.3 2003-2006 seasons

2.3.4 Suspension by the NFL

3 Personal

3.1 Controversies and incidents

3.2 Dog fighting investigation

3.2.1 Federal criminal prosecution Failed drug test, beginning jail time early Federal sentencing

3.2.2 State criminal prosecution

3.2.3 Disposition of dogs

4 Endorsements, business activity

4.1 AirTran

4.2 Impact of dogfighting case publicity

5 Banks

5.1 Royal Bank of Canada

5.2 1st Source Bank

5.3 Wachovia Bank

6 Charity work

7 Public impact upon community youth, leaders

8 Career awards

8.1 College awards and achievements

8.1.1 List of college awards

8.1.2 List of college records

8.2 NFL awards and achievements

8.2.1 List of NFL awards

8.2.2 List of NFL records and milestones

9 References

10 External links

Early years


Vick was the second of four children (including older sister Christina ("Niki") and younger siblings Marcus and Courtney) born in Newport News, Virginia, to Brenda Vick and Michael Boddie, then unmarried teenagers of modest finances.[11] His mother worked two jobs, obtained some public financial assistance, and had help from her parents, while his father worked long hours in the shipyards as a sandblaster and spray-painter.[12] They were married when Michael was about five years old but the children elected to continue to use their "Vick" surname.

The family grew up living in the "Ridley Circle Homes", a public housing project in a financially depressed and crime-ridden neighborhood located in the East End section of the port city, an area known in hip hop culture by the slang names "Bad News" or "Bad Newz" according to the Urban Dictionary. A 2007 newspaper article published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch noted "not much changed" by observations of local people almost ten years after Michael Vick left. One resident interviewed, who said that there is drug dealing, drive-by shootings and other killing in the neighborhood, suggested that sports was a way out and a dream for many.[13]

In a 2001 interview, Vick told the Newport News Daily Press that when he was 10 or 11 "I would go fishing even if the fish weren't biting, just to get out of there" and away from the violence and stress of daily life in the projects. Even though the area is, by all accounts, troubled, several people interviewed were disbelieving that dog fighting was a local activity there.[13]

Early amateur athletics

During the early years of his family, Michael Boddie's employment required a lot of travel, but he taught football skills to his two sons at an early age. Michael Vick was only three years old when his father, nicknamed "Bullet" for his blinding speed during his own playing days on the gridiron, began teaching him the fundamentals. He also taught younger brother Marcus.

As he grew up, Michael Vick, who as a child went by the nickname "Ookie",[12] also learned a lot about football from a second cousin four years older, Aaron Brooks. Vick and Brooks both spent a lot of time as youths at the local Boys and Girls Club.[12][14] As a 7-year-old throwing three touchdown passes in a Boys Club league, his apparent football talents led coaches and his parents to keep a special watch over Vick.[13]

Vick told Sporting News magazine in an interview published April 9, 2001: "Sports kept me off the streets. . . . It kept me from getting into what was going on, the bad stuff. Lots of guys I knew have had bad problems."

Athletic career

After a standout high school football career, Vick attended Virginia Tech where he played for the Hokies' football team. During his time with the Hokies, he helped the team to an appearance in the 1999-2000 BCS National Championship game and finished third in that season's Heisman Trophy voting.[15]

In the 2001 draft, the Atlanta Falcons selected Vick with the first overall selection. In his first year with the franchise, the Falcons, aided by Vick's performance at quarterback, played in the National Football Conference Championship Game. In 2004, Vick became the first player in NFL history to rush for 100 yards and pass for 250 in a single game.[16] Later that year, Vick signed a 10-year contract extension with the Falcons; it was the most lucrative contract in the history of the NFL.[17][16][18]

Vick was suspended from the NFL in 2007 due to his conviction of federal felony charges. He entered into a plea agreement on August 27, 2007 on federal conspiracy charges for funding high stakes gambling and other costs of his 6-year long interstate dogfighting operation.[19] In September of that year, a Surry County, Virginia grand jury indicted Vick on 8 additional charges of animal cruelty.[20] Vick faces a sentence of 1 to 5 years on the federal charges, and a sentence up to 40 years if convicted on the state charges. After his federal conviction, the Falcons began a civil legal process to attempt to recoup $20 million of the $37 million in bonuses paid to Vick under terms of his contract extension.[17] He also faces the potential of a lifetime ban from the NFL for gambling.

High school

Vick first came to prominence while at Homer L. Ferguson High School in Newport News. As a freshman, he impressed many with his athletic ability, throwing for over 400 yards in a game that year. After Ferguson High School was closed in 1996 as part of a school building modernization program of Newport News Public Schools, Vick, as a junior, and coach Tommy Reamon both moved to Warwick High School, also in Newport News.

At Warwick High School, under Coach Reamon's tutelage, Vick was a three-year starter for the Raiders, passing for 4,846 yards with 43 touchdowns during his career. He once ran for six touchdowns and threw for three touchdowns in a single game. He also added 1,048 yards and 18 scores on the ground and accounted for ten passing and ten rushing touchdowns as a senior as he passed for 1,668 yards.

Coach Reamon, who had helped guide Aaron Brooks from Newport News to the University of Virginia earlier, helped Michael with his SAT tests, and helped him and his family choose between Syracuse University and Virginia Tech. Reamon favored Virginia Tech, where he felt better guidance was available under Coach Frank Beamer, who promised to redshirt him and provide the freshman needed time to develop. Reamon sold Michael on the school's proximity to family and friends[12], and apparently following his advice, Vick chose to attend Virginia Tech and play football as a Hokie.

As he left the Newport News public housing projects in 1998, "on the wings of a college football scholarship," Michael Vick was seen in the Newport News (and close-by Hampton) community of the lower Virginia Peninsula as a "success story."[13] In a story published in September 2000, while his son Michael was at Virginia Tech, Michael Boddie told the university's Collegiate Times: "Ever since he learned to throw a football, he's always liked throwing a ball...It's just in his blood." He added that his son had never gotten into trouble or ... involved with drugs, adding: "I like the way he has developed, not only as a player but as a person."[13]

College career

After high school, Michael Vick attended Virginia Tech. In his first collegiate game as a redshirt freshman against James Madison in 1999, he scored three rushing touchdowns in just over one quarter of play. His last touchdown was a spectacular flip in which he landed awkwardly on his ankle, forcing him to miss the remainder of the game in addition to the following game. During the season, Vick led a last-minute game-winning drive against West Virginia in the annual Black Diamond Trophy rivalry game. He led the Hokies to an 11-0 season and to the Bowl Championship Series national title game in the 2000 Nokia Sugar Bowl against Florida State. Although Virginia Tech lost 46-29, Vick was able to bring the team back from a 21 point deficit to take a brief lead. During the season, Vick appeared on the cover of an ESPN The Magazine issue.

Vick led the NCAA in passing efficiency that year, setting a record for a freshman (180.4), which was also good enough for the third-highest all-time mark (Colt Brennan holds the record at 185.9 from his 2006 season at Hawaii). Vick was awarded an ESPY Award as the nation's top college player, and won the first-ever Archie Griffin Award as college football's most valuable player. He was invited to the 1999 Heisman Trophy presentation and finished third in the voting behind Ron Dayne and Joe Hamilton. Vick's third-place finish matched the highest finish ever by a freshman up to that point, first set by Herschel Walker in 1980 (Adrian Peterson has since broken that mark, finishing second in 2004).

Vick's 2000 season did have its share of highlights, such as his career rushing high of 210 yards against the Boston College Eagles in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Against West Virginia in the Black Diamond Trophy game, Vick accounted for 288 total yards of offense and two touchdowns in a 48-20 win. The following week, Vick led the Hokies back from a 14-0 deficit against Syracuse at the Carrier Dome - where the Hokies had not won since 1986. Vick put the game away with a 55-yard run with 1:34 left.[21]

The following game against Pittsburgh, Vick was injured and had to miss the rest of that game, the entire game against Central Florida, and was unable to start against the Miami Hurricanes - the Hokies' lone loss of the season. Vick's final game at Virginia Tech came against the Clemson Tigers in the Toyota Gator Bowl, where he was named MVP of the game.

With the opportunity and huge financial benefits as an option, Vick elected to leave Virginia Tech after his redshirt sophomore season to become a professional football player. Aware that the rest of his family was still living in their 3 bedroom apartment in the Ridley Circle Homes, Michael Vick stated that he was going to buy his mother "a home and a car."

Professional career

NFL Draft

Vick was selected in the 2001 NFL Draft as the first overall pick and first African American quarterback taken number 1 in the NFL Draft. The San Diego Chargers had the number one selection spot in the draft that year but traded the rights to the first overall choice to the Atlanta Falcons a day before the draft, for which they received the Falcons' first round pick (5th overall) and third round pick in 2001 (used to draft CB Tay Cody), a second round pick in 2002 (used to draft WR Reche Caldwell) and WR/KR Tim Dwight. With the Chargers' downgraded spot (the 5th overall), they selected Texas Christian University running back LaDainian Tomlinson, who went on to become league MVP in 2006 (although Vick has never become league MVP, he finished second in voting in 2004).[22] In this way, Tomlinson and Vick are linked as having been "traded" for each other, although the transaction was actually the result of traded draft picks and contract negotiations.[23]

Early NFL career

Vick made his NFL debut at San Francisco on September 9, 2001, and saw limited action. He completed his first NFL pass with an 18-yard strike to WR Tony Martin in the second quarter vs. Carolina on September 23 and first NFL touchdown on a two-yard rushing score in the fourth quarter to help the Falcons to a 24-16 victory. Vick made his first career start at Dallas on November 11 and threw the first touchdown pass of his career on a nine-yard toss to TE Alge Crumpler in a 20-13 victory. In his two starts of the eight games played that season, Vick completed 50 of 113 passes for 785 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions, including accounting for 234 of the team's 255 yards at the team s season finale at St. Louis on January 6, 2002. He also rushed 29 times for 289 yards (9.9 avg.) and one touchdown.

In 2002, Vick became a bona fide star and MVP candidate in his first season as a full-time starter at the age of 22. He was named to his first Pro Bowl after starting all 15 games played, only missing a game to the New York Giants on October 13 due to a sprained shoulder. He completed 231 of 421 passes for 2,936 yards (both career-highs) and 16 touchdowns, while he also tallied 113 carries for 777 yards and eight rushing touchdowns. In this season, Vick established numerous single-game career-highs, including passes completed with 24 and pass attempts with 46 at Pittsburgh on November 10, as well as passing yards with 337 vs. Detroit on December 22. He also completed a career-long 74 yards for a touchdown to WR Trevor Gaylor vs. New Orleans on November 17. Vick registered an NFL record for most rushing yards by a quarterback in a single a game with 173 yards at Minnesota on December 1. Vick also tied for third in team history for the lowest interception percentage in a season at 1.90 and continued a streak of consecutive passes without an interception that began at St. Louis on January 6, 2002 in the season-finale of the 2001 season and extended to the first quarter vs. Baltimore on November 3, 2002. His streak covered 25 straight quarters and 177 passes without an interception. On January 1, 2003, Vick led the Atlanta Falcons to an upset victory over the heavily favored Green Bay Packers 27-7 in the NFC playoffs, ending the Packers' undefeated playoff record at Lambeau Field. The Falcons would later lose 20-6 to the Donovan McNabb-led Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC divisional playoff game.

2003-2006 seasons

During a pre-season game against the Baltimore Ravens on August 16, Vick suffered a fractured right fibula and missed the first 11 games of the regular season. In Week 13, Vick made his season debut in relief of QB Doug Johnson in the third quarter at Houston on November 30, completing 8 of 11 passes for 60 yards and recording 16 rushing yards on three carries. He posted his first start of the season vs. Carolina on December 7 and amassed the third-highest rushing total by a quarterback in NFL history with 141 yards on 14 carries and one score to lead the Falcons to a come-from-behind 20-14 overtime victory. The 141 yards trail Tobin Rote's 150 yards on November 18, 1951 with Green Bay and his own NFL record of 173 at Minnesota December 1, 2002 on the NFL's all-time list for quarterbacks. He also completed 16 of 33 passes for 179 yards and accounted for 320 of the team's 380 total yards worth of offense. On December 20, Vick engineered a 30-28 victory at Tampa Bay completing 8 of 15 passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns for a passer rating of 119.2. Vick closed out the season with a 21-14 victory vs. Jacksonville on December 28, where he completed 12 of 22 passes for 180 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Ending the season starting four of five games played, Vick completed 50 of 100 passes for 585 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions and also rushing 40 times for 255 yards and one touchdown while guiding the Falcons to a 3-1 record in the final four weeks of action.

In 2004, Vick was named to his second Pro Bowl after starting all 15 games played and completing 181 of 321 passes for 2,313 yards with 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while he also posted career-highs with 120 carries for 902 yards along with three rushing touchdowns. The 902 rushing yards with a 7.52 average per carry ranked third and second, respectively, in NFL annals for quarterbacks. Vick was also named NFC Offensive Player of the Week on two separate occasions during the season, one for his performance at Denver on October 31 when he became the first quarterback to throw for more than 250 yards and rush for over 100 yards in the same game. He led the team to an 11-4 record, which was the third-best record for a starting quarterback in team history behind Chris Chandler (13-1 in 1998) and Steve Bartkowski (12-4 in 1980). Overall, the Falcons finished the season with an 11-5 record, earning a first-round bye in the NFL playoffs for only the third time in franchise history. The Vick-led Falcons rushed for a playoff record 317 yards. (Vick himself had 119 of them, setting an NFL playoff record for a quarterback). He also threw two touchdown passes against the Rams in the NFC Divisional Playoffs. However, the Eagles again played the role of heart breaker, beating them in the NFC title game 27-10.

On December 23, 2004, Vick signed a 10-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons worth $130 million with a $37 million signing bonus, making him the highest paid player in NFL history at that time and one of the highest paid ever in sports.[24] Vick's deal surpasses the $98 million contract the Indianapolis Colts' Peyton Manning signed in March 2005. Manning, who signed for seven years, is guaranteed $34.5 million in bonuses. Vick's $130 million potential value tops Philadelphia's Donovan McNabb's 12-year, $115 million deal that runs through 2013.

Vick scans the field against the SaintsIn 2005, Vick was named to his third Pro Bowl after starting all 15 games played and completing 214 of 387 passes for 2,412 yards with 15 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. His 597 rushing yards on 102 carries (5.9 avg.) with six scores led all NFL quarterbacks and his 5.9 average yards per carry led all NFL rushers with at least 100 carries. Vick also helped three players have career years in RB Warrick Dunn, TE Alge Crumpler, and WR Michael Jenkins.

Vick (#7) watches from the sidelines while the defense is on the field against the GiantsOn October 22, 2006, against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Vick had his first game in which he threw three or more touchdowns. After three quarters, Vick had four touchdowns, three of which went to Alge Crumpler. The following week against the Cincinnati Bengals, he threw three more with no interceptions and was honored with the NFC Player of the Week award. Vick also had a career high-tying four TD passes vs. Dallas in Week 15. During the 2006 season, Vick connected on 204 of 388 passes for 2,474 yards with a career-high 20 touchdowns. He was also third in the league in rushes of ten or more yards with 44, behind only the Giants' Tiki Barber (50) and Kansas City's Larry Johnson (49). However, he had several incidents during the 2006 season, such as the obscene gesture incident, which ruined his sixth season in the league. In fact, he was denied a selection to the Pro Bowl, which would have been his third straight and fourth overall.

Only Randall Cunningham and Steve Young have more rushing yards at the quarterback position than Vick. He is also first among QB's all-time in rushing yards per game, at 53.5 yards per game.[citation needed] Vick also holds several NFL quarterback rushing records, including most rushing yards in one game (173), most 100-yard rushing games (7), and most rushing yards in a single season (1,039).[citation needed]

Suspension by the NFL

Before the 2007 season, just hours after Vick plead guilty in the Bad Newz Kennels dogfighting investigation, the NFL suspended Vick indefinitely without pay. In a letter to Vick, Commissioner Roger Goodell said that Vick had admitted to conduct that was "not only illegal, but also cruel and reprehensible." While Vick is technically a first-time offender under the NFL's Personal Conduct Policy, Goodell handed down a harsher suspension because Vick admitted that he provided most of the money for the gambling side of the operation. The NFL does not allow its players to be involved in any form of gambling, and even first-time offenders risk being banned for life. However, Goodell did leave open the possibility of reinstating Vick depending on how well he cooperates with federal and state authorities.[25] Earlier, Goodell had barred Vick from reporting to training camp while the league conducted its own investigation into the matter.

On August 27, Falcons owner Arthur Blank said in a press conference that the Falcons would seek to recover a portion of Vick's signing bonus. He also said the team had no immediate plans to cut ties with Vick, citing salary-cap issues.[26] It had initially appeared that Goodell had cleared the way for the Falcons to release Vick, since he ruled that Vick's involvement in gambling activity breached his contract. On August 29, the Falcons sent a letter to Vick demanding that he reimburse them for $20 million of the $37 million bonus.[27] The case was sent to arbitration, and on October 10, an arbitrator ruled that Vick had to reimburse the Falcons for $19.97 million. The arbitrator agreed with the Falcons' contentions that Vick knew he was engaging in illegal activity when he signed his new contract in 2004, and that he'd even used the bonus money to pay for the operation.[28]

At this point his future with the NFL is unclear, depending on how long of a prison sentence he serves on the federal conviction, the disposition of pending state charges, and how long of a suspension the league decides on. Many commentators have noted that even if Vick avoids a lifetime ban, the likelihood of him ever playing in the NFL again is low, as few general managers would be willing to take Vick on their roster. For example, ESPN's John Clayton said that only a few entrenched general managers would be willing to take such a risk, and even then few owners would sign off on it. Clayton also said that it is unlikely that he would be able to play in the Canadian Football League, as it is nearly impossible for a convicted felon to get a Canadian visa. Clayton did speculate that Vick would most likely play in the Arena Football League.[29]


Controversies and incidents

Between his selection by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2001 NFL Draft and early 2007, Vick was allegedly involved several incidents or events:

In 2007, conflicting statements were made by his estranged parents about possible dogfighting activities in 2001. Michael Boddie, his father, who now lives in Atlanta, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that around 2001, Michael Vick was staging dogfights in the garage of the family's home in Newport News and kept fighting dogs in the family's backyard, including injured ones which the father nursed back to health. Boddie said his son had been urged to not engage in the activity, but continued. He stated "This is Mike's thing. And he knows it." [30] Within days, Michael Vick's mother, Brenda Vick Boddie, who now lives in Suffolk, Virginia, responded. She told the Newport News Daily Press "There was no dogfighting [at our home]. There were no cages."[31]

In early 2004, two men were arrested in Virginia for distributing marijuana. The truck they were driving was registered to Michael Vick. The Falcons coach Dan Reeves recalled that he lectured Vick at that time on the importance of reputation, on choosing the right friends, on staying out of trouble for the good of his team. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution quoted Reeves as having told Vick: "You are an Atlanta Falcon...Whatever you do is going to be a reflection on all of us, not just you."[32]

On October 10, 2004, Vick and the other members of his party including employee Quanis Phillips were at Atlanta's Hartsfield International Airport on their way to board an AirTran afternoon flight to Newport News, Virginia. While they were passing through a security checkpoint with Vick, a security camera caught Phillips and Todd Harris picking up an expensive-appearing watch (either a Rolex or a fake) which belonged to Alvin Spencer, a security screener.[33] After watching the theft on a video tape, Spencer filed a police report. However, he claimed that Billy "White Shoes" Johnson, known as the Falcons "fixer", interfered with the investigation.[32] Although Vick representatives declined to make him available for an Atlanta police inquiry, six days later Spencer did get the watch back from them, according to the Washington Post.[33]

In March 2005 a woman named Sonya Elliott filed a civil lawsuit against Vick alleging she contracted genital herpes from Vick, in the autumn of 2002, and that he failed to inform her that he had the disease.[34] Elliot further alleged that Vick had visited clinics under the alias "Ron Mexico" to get treatments and thus he knew of his condition. On April 24, 2006 Vick's attorney, Lawrence Woodward, revealed that the lawsuit had settled out of court with an undisclosed amount.[35] Many fans bought custom jerseys from NFL.com with Vick's number 7 and the name "MEXICO" on the back, as a reference to his lawsuit. The NFL has since banned customizing jerseys with the name Mexico.

November 20, 2006- Vick and the City of Kankakee, Illinois enter into an agreement that permits Vick to pay sales taxes to Kankakee and not in Georgia or Virginia. Source: http://www.ci.kankakee.il.us/council%20mee...%5b1%5d.MIN.rtf

November 26, 2006 - After a Falcons loss to the New Orleans Saints in the Georgia Dome in apparent reaction to fans booing, Vick made an obscene gesture at fans, holding up two middle fingers. He was fined $10,000 by the NFL for his obscene gesture, and agreed to donate another $10,000 to charity.[36]

January 17, 2007 Vick surrendered a water bottle which had a hidden compartment to security personnel at Miami International Airport. "The compartment was hidden by the bottle's label so that it appeared to be a full bottle of water when held upright," police said. Test results indicated there were no illegal substances in the water bottle and Vick was cleared of any wrongdoing.[37] Vick announced that the water bottle was a jewelry stash box, and that the substance in question had been jewelry.[38]

November 3, 2001 Fans in the family section of the stands cheered when Atlanta Falcon's quarterback Chris Chandler was injured because it meant that Vick would be given a chance to play. Chris Chandler's wife Diane confronted the fans, which led to a commotion which led to an object being thrown. Coach Dan Reeves said that he would speak with the players about how their families were expected to act following the game. Vick himself decried the incident: "That's so crazy, man," Vick said. "I don't see how anybody could be cheering while somebody's out there getting hit. As hard as we go out there and try to please these fans, as hard as we go out and play, I don't see why anybody would even make those statements."[39][40]

Dog fighting investigation

Main article: Bad Newz Kennels dog fighting investigation

Beginning on April 25, 2007, widespread media publicity was drawn by discovery of evidence of unlawful dog fighting activities at a property owned by Vick in a rural county in southeastern Virginia.[32] Vick was indicted on and eventually pled guilty to federal dog fighting charges, and was accused of financing the operation, directly participating in dog fights and executions, and personally handling thousands of dollars in related gambling activities.

Federal criminal prosecution

In July 2007, Vick and three other men were charged by federal authorities with felony charges of operating an unlawful six-year long interstate dog fighting venture known as "Bad Newz Kennels" at Vick's 15-acre property in Surry County, Virginia. Vick was accused of financing the operation, directly participating in dog fights and executions, and personally handling thousands of dollars in related gambling activities. By August 20, Vick and each of the other three co-defendants had agreed to separate plea bargains for the federal charges.[41][42] They are expected to each receive federal prison sentences between 12 months and a maximum of five years.

On August 24, Vick filed his plea documents with the federal court. He pled guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to operate an interstate dogfighting ring. In addition, he admitted to providing most of the financing for the operation itself, as well as participating directly in several dogfights in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and South Carolina. He also admitted to sharing in the proceeds from these dog fights. He also admitted that he knew his colleagues killed several dogs who didn't perform well enough. However, while he admitted to providing most of the money for gambling on the fights, he denied placing any side bets on the dogfights. He also denied actually killing any dogs himself.[43] ESPN obtained copies of the documents under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act and made them available at:

Vick federal guilty plea

Vick federal statement of facts

On August 27, 2007, U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson accepted Vick's guilty plea. In the scheduled December 10, 2007 sentencing, Vick faces a maximum of 5 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 and 3 years of supervised release. Prosecutors have asked Hudson to sentence Vick to 12-18 months (the minimum amount possible under federal sentencing guidelines) if Vick cooperates with the government as he has agreed. However, Hudson does have the right to increase the sentence up to the maximum limits, and warned two co-defendants (Peace and Phillips) that the brutality in killing the dogs warranted exceeding the guidelines in their cases.[44]

Failed drug test, beginning jail time early

While free on bail, Vick tested positive for marijuana in a random drug test which is a violation of the conditions of his release while awaiting sentencing in federal court his felony conviction. Vick's positive urine sample was submitted September 13, 2007, according to a document by a federal probation officer that was filed in U.S. District Court on September 26.

As a result, U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson ordered Vick confined to his Hampton, Virginia home[45] between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. with electronic monitoring until his court hearing date in December. He also was ordered to submit to random drug testing.

Co-defendant Quanis Phillips was incarcerated earlier after his August 17 plea hearing after having failed drug tests with monitoring equipment and regulations already in place. [46] [19][47][48]

In November, Vick turned himself in early to begin getting time-served credit against his likely federal prison sentence, and was being held at Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Virginia awaiting sentencing on the federal convictions on December 10, 2007.[49]

Federal sentencing

On November 30, Peace and Phillips were sentenced by Judge Hudson to 18 and 21 months in federal prison respectively. The punishments were higher than recommended by federal prosecutors, and included three years of supervised probation following their release from prison.[50] Taylor is also due to be sentenced on December 14,[51] but, like Peace and Phillips, had agreed to testify against Vick at trial before he also accepted a plea agreement.[52]

News media reported that statements the November 30 hearing made it clearer that co-defendant Tony Taylor led Bad Newz Kennels. He guided others who were newcomers to the dogfighting underworld, according to arguments presented in U.S. District Court during the sentencing hearings. An attorney for Phillips argued before Judge Hudson that Taylor was known as "the dog man" as "an experienced dogfighter ataylnd trainer."[53]

On December 10, 2007, Vick was sentenced to 23 months in federal prison. Judge Hudson said he was "convinced that it was not a momentary lack of judgment" on Vick's part, and that Vick was a "full partner" in the dogfighting ring.[54]

State criminal prosecution

Long anticipated separate Virginia charges against all four men were placed following indictments by the Surry County grand jury when it met on September 25. The principal evidence considered was the sworn statements of the defendants during their plea agreement process before the federal court, although the indictments are for different charges. Vick is charged with two class 6 felonies in Virginia, which carry a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment for conviction on each charge.[55]

Vick will face a jury trial in Surry County Circuit Court on April 2, 2008. He turned himself into authorities in November to begin serving an anticipated jail sentence on the federal dogfighting conspiracy charge, and as of December 4, was being held in Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Virginia. His co-defendants were also assigned trial dates. Purnell Peace faces a jury trial March 5. Quanis Phillips will also be tried March 5, but did not ask for a jury trial, and neither did Tony Taylor, whose trial will be May 7.[56]

Disposition of dogs

As of October 2, 2007, the 49 dogs which were seized in April remained in animal shelters in Hampton Roads and central Virginia. An ASPCA evaluation showed that one animal, identified as #2621, was aggressive to the point the evaluation couldn't be completed and it has a history of biting people. U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson ordered that it be euthanized. However, the U.S. Attorney s Office in Richmond announced in court filings that the other 48 canines may be safe enough to place in the community with strict conditions.[57]

On October 16, Hudson acted on a government motion requesting animal law expert Rebecca J. Huss to serve as the guardian-special master to oversee the possible placement of the 48 dogs, or their euthanasia. The judge also granted a request by the U.S. attorney's office that each of the pit bulls be spayed, neutered and have microchips implanted.

Huss, who is a Professor of Law at Valparaiso University School of Law in Indiana, has a Master of Laws in International and Comparative Law from the University of Iowa School of Law and graduated magna ##### laude from the University of Richmond School of Law.[58] In a statement released by Valparaiso University, she said:

"As someone whose academic endeavors focus on the legal status and value of animals in our lives, I am honored to represent the interests of those at the heart of this case, the dogs."[59]

In November 2007, Vick was observed to be liquidating some of his real estate assets, notably the dog-fighting estate property near Smithfield, Virginia and one of his multi-million dollar homes, several of which are located in Suffolk, Virginia[60], near Atlanta, Georgia, and the South Beach section of Miami Beach, Florida.[61] ESPN reported on October 20 that the one near Atlanta was listed for sale at a $4.5 million asking price.[62] At the request of federal authorities before his sentencing in federal court, he agreed to deposit nearly $1 million dollars in an escrow account with attorneys for use to reimburse costs of caring for the confiscated dogs, most of which are now being offered for adoption on a selective basis under supervision of a court-appointed specialist. Experts say some of the animals will require individual care for the rest of their lives.[63]

Endorsements, business activity

During his NFL career, Vick became a spokesperson for many companies; his endorsement contracts have included Nike, EA Sports, Coca-Cola, Powerade, Kraft, Rawlings, Hasbro and AirTran.[64][65] His contract along with his endorsements had Vick ranked 33 among Forbes' Top 100 Celebrities in 2005.[64] However, two years later, he was not even listed on the most recent Forbes Top 100 Celebrities. Even before the animal cruelty case surfaced in 2007, Vick's corporate status had deteriorated, apparently due to extensive bad press. Among the negative incidents cited by observers of this was his middle finger gesture to Atlanta football fans in 2006.[66][67] His endorsement deals with at least six companies (Coca-Cola, EA Sports, Kraft Foods, Hasbro and AirTran) have expired over the past few years and have not been renewed.


AirTran did not renew their relationship on May 8, 2007. This was after both his missed appearance on Capitol Hill on April 24 and the police search at his property near Smithfield, Virginia later the same week, when the dog fighting investigation became widely known, but well before the most damaging allegations and the federal indictments.

AirTran has made no public statements regarding the reason for ending the endorsement relationship with Vick. However, ESPN reported on May 31 "especially stinging to AirTran was that Vick's publicist blamed the airline when the quarterback known for his quickness failed to arrive in Washington to speak before Congress. AirTran said Vick had ample opportunities to get to his destination on AirTran but chose not to."[68]

Impact of dogfighting case publicity

Following the widespread publicity of the dogfighting case and details of alleged brutality executing dogs not considered vicious or aggressive enough by hanging, drowning, shooting, electrocution and other means, many companies suspended and/or terminated his endorsements and withdrew Vick-related products from sale.[69][70][71][72] Hip-Hop mogul Russell Simmons, the Reverend Al Sharpton and PETA president Ingrid E. Newkirk were among many people who sent letters to Vick's corporate sponsors condemning dog fighting.[73]

On July 18, 2007, following extensive media coverage of the content of Vick's 18-page federal indictment of the previous day, Neil Schwartz, director of marketing for SportScanInfo, which tracks sporting goods sales, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "I just think it's going to be really hard for Michael to somehow repair his public image unless these charges are totally false... American people are incredibly forgiving, but the heinous nature of what went on here may be a whole different ballgame." The same article also quoted Bill Sutton, a professor of sports business at the University of Central Florida: "You won't find him anywhere" in advertising or marketing in the near future.[74]

MSNBC quoted David Carter, founder of the Sports Business Group, a Southern California-based provider of strategic sports-marketing services: "Number one, animal cruelty is something no one will tolerate. Number two, you have the underbelly of possible gambling. Number three, you have the strength of [animal] advocacy groups. They aren't going away."[75]

According to the Virginian-Pilot in a July 19, 2007 article, Vick's biggest marketing deal at that time was with Nike.[76] Later on the same day, USA Today reported that Vick's legal troubles had prompted Nike to suspend the release of its latest product line named after him, telling retailers it will not release a fifth signature shoe, the Air Zoom Vick V, "this summer."[77]

On July 27, Nike announced it "has suspended Michael Vick's contract without pay, and will not sell any more Michael Vick product at Nike owned retail at this time." However, the company said it had not terminated the contract, as animal-rights activists had urged.[78] The same day, Adidas announced its Reebok division would stop selling Vick football jerseys and the NFL said it had pulled all Vick-related items from NFLShop.com,[79] including Falcons jerseys customized with Vick's name and number.[80]

Within a few more days, Donruss, a trading card company, decided to pull Vick's card from any future 2007 releases, according to Beckett Media, which covers the collectibles industry.[81] Upper Deck, another trading card company, took similar action.

On July 31, St. Louis-based sporting goods manufacturer Rawlings, which used Vick's likeness to sell merchandise and modeled a football using his name, ended its relationship. The same day, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that ****'s Sporting Goods and Sports Authority stores, part of a major chain, have also stopped selling Vick-related goods.[72]

Upon the filing of Vick's Plea Agreement and Statement of Facts with the federal court in Richmond, Nike announced it had terminated his contract (which had been suspended earlier).[82]

On August 29, 2007, An eBay auction for 22 Vick football cards, chewed up and slobbered on by two Missouri dogs ended with a final bid of $7,400. All the proceeds are expected to be donated to the Humane Society.[83]


Royal Bank of Canada

On September 20, Royal Bank of Canada, DBA RBC Centura,[84] filed a civil lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Newport News against Vick for more than $2.3 million, arguing that his guilty plea to federal dogfighting charges and the resulting impact on his career have prevented him from repaying a loan which was to be for real estate purposes.[85][86] The suit claims Vick is in default of $2,313,649.37 for various reasons, including that he failed to provide accurate financial statements. The bank claims he failed to meet a September 10 deadline to repay the loan.[87] The suit is seeking the remaining $2.3 million Vick owes, plus $499 daily interest beginning September 16 and additional money to cover legal fees.[88]

1st Source Bank

On September 26, 1st Source Bank, based in South Bend, Indiana, claimed in a federal lawsuit that it had suffered damages of at least $2 million as Vick and Divine Seven LLC of Atlanta had refused to pay for at least 130 vehicles, including many Kia Spectras, Ford Tauruses, Chrysler Pacificas, and a Dodge Charger. The cars were acquired by Divine Seven to be used as rental cars. The "Specialty Financing Group" of 1st Source provides financing for rental car fleets in many locations around the country, according to the bank's web site.[89]

Vick signed the loan agreement documents as Chief Financial Officer of Divine Seven.[90] Art M. Washington was listed as Chief Executive Officer. The website for Georgia's Secretary of State lists "Divine Seven LLC" as a registered corporation which was created on December 15, 2006 by Washington and Vick. Washington is the designated registered agent.[91] The company's listed address, 2527 Camp Creek Parkway, in College Park, Georgia is also listed as a Payless Car Rental franchise location.[92] College Park is a predominantly African American city in a south Atlanta suburban area adjacent to the busy Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

According to a spokesman for the bank who was quoted in a news media report of September 28, 1st Source has been able to repossess most of the cars, which will limit Vick's financial liability in the lawsuit.[93] A written demand for payment was made August 24, but was not honored, according to documents filed with the U.S. District Court in South Bend.[94]

Wachovia Bank

On October 2, 2007, Wachovia Bank filed suit in U.S. District Court in Atlanta seeking about $940,000 from Vick and Gerald Frank Jenkins, a business partner and their Atlantic Wine & Package LLC. The bank claims the two have defaulted on a May 2006 loan of $1.3 million to set up a wine shop and restaurant and have not made scheduled payments since his federal indictment in July. The bank says Vick's circumstances are a factor in the default; Atlantic Wine's ability to make good on the loan and Vick's guarantee have both been "impaired" by recent events, the suit contends.[95] The bank seized $370,000 from Atlantic Wine's checking accounts, but the company still owed principal of $937,907, plus interest and fees of $1,876 through Oct. 2.[96] The Wachovia suit also claims that Atlantic Wine has multiple checking accounts, and that two of those accounts were overdrawn by a total of $34,680.[97]

In March, 2007, an Atlantic Wine & Package store and adjacent Tasting Room restaurant at 3560 Camp Creek Parkway opened in the suburban Atlanta town of East Point.[98] A primarily African American community, East Point is home to R&B and hip hop groups such as TLC, OutKast, Coolbreeze, Organized Noize, and Goodie Mob, as well as an alternative rock group, Seven Envy.

Dr. Jenkins, a retired surgeon, is also an owner of Atlantic Wine and Package and the adjacent Antica Posta Tasting Room in the City of Sandy Springs, another Atlanta suburb, which opened in September, 2007.[99] A Tasting Room website notes that Jenkins has owned a store named Atlantic Wine in the nearby Buckhead section of Atlanta since 2004. A news media report indicted that he had brought Vick in as an investor.[100] A newspaper article about his appearance at the opening in March described Vick as "the main shareholder of the three investors."[101] Ernest Greer, an Atlanta attorney, was named by news media sources as a third investor in the restaurant and wine store venture, but was not named in the Wachovia suit.[102]

On March 14, 2007, Vick made a personal appearance at the Tasting Room in East Point to promote its opening, before reports surfaced of his involvement in dog-fighting. He told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution at the time that four similar restaurants were planned for other parts of the Atlanta area. Vick claimed it was his first business venture in the area and is part of a plan to establish a better relationship with the local community.[103] Photos of Vick from that event have been removed from the restaurant's Web site, as have all references to the quarterback.[104] News media reported that, despite the bank's lawsuit, the businesses were still operating.

Charity work

In June 2006, Vick, along with his brother Marcus Vick and mother Brenda Vick Boddie, established The Vick Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports at-risk youth and the after school programs that serve them in the Metro Atlanta and Hampton Roads areas. The announcement of the organization came just before the start of the foundation s first fundraiser, the Michael Vick Golf Classic. The inaugural event was held at the prestigious Kingsmill Golf Course in James City County near Williamsburg, Virginia in partnership with The Virginia Tech Alumni Association Tidewater Chapter, and netted more than $80,000 for charity.[1]

After the Virginia Tech massacre in April 2007, Vick teamed up with the United Way to donate $10,000 to assist families affected by the tragedy.[105] Vick explained, "When tragic things like this happen, families have enough to deal with, and if I can help in some small way, that's the least I can do." The Vick Foundation is collecting donations from local communities in both Atlanta and Virginia that will be placed in the United In Caring Fund for Victims of the Virginia Tech Tragedy and the special fund at the United Way of Montgomery, Radford and Floyd counties, which serves the Virginia Tech area. Vick's foundation said the money will be used to provide help with funeral expenses, transportation for family members and other support services.

On April 24, 2007, Vick was scheduled to lobby on Capitol Hill, hoping to persuade lawmakers to increase funding for after-school programs. Vick missed a connecting flight in Atlanta on Monday to Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, and then failed to show-up for another seat booked for him later that evening. On Tuesday morning, he did not attend his scheduled appearance at the congressional breakfast where he also was to be honored for his foundation's work with after-school projects in Georgia and Virginia.[106] Vick's mother, Brenda Vick Boddie, accepted an award from the Afterschool Alliance on her son's behalf. The following day, police searched Vick's property in Surry County and there was soon widespread news media publicity about evidence of dog fighting which had been found there.

It was announced in June 2007 that the "Michael Vick Football Camp" to be held at Christopher Newport University in Newport News was canceled for the summer 2007 session because of "scheduling issues."[107] The university on Warwick Boulevard in Newport News is partially located on the site of the former Homer L. Ferguson High School (which closed in 1996), the school where Vick began his football fame. He also canceled participation in another football camp to be held at the College of William and Mary. According to that university, his place was to be taken by Washington Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell.[108]

On June 22, 2007, a charity golf tournament featuring Vick, intended in part to raise scholarships in memory of Virginia Tech's shooting victims, was rescheduled for September.[109] The tournament at Kingsmill Resort & Spa had been set to begin on June 29, and a reason for the change was not announced. At the time, the tournament was the latest in a series of Virginia appearances either canceled or delayed since Vick's name surfaced in a dog fighting investigation.

Public impact upon community youth, leaders

The revelations of Michael Vick's activities with the Bad Newz Kennels drew widespread negative public reactions, but possibly hurt nowhere more than in his old neighborhood. Until August 24, there could be some comfort in disbelief. In the aftermath of Vick's guilty plea agreement, in Newport News, mentors and others working with underprivileged youth sought to identify lessons to communicate to those who had seen him as a role model.

"It's difficult, because Mike (Vick) is someone who we held up as doing it right," Bernard Johnson told the Newport News Daily Press. Johnson, who has coached kids, including Vick, in the Boys and Girls Club football program for 28 years, said the lesson to kids now is all about responsibility and accountability.[110]

Vernon Lee, co-founder of the Peninsula All-Star Football Camp, said the Vick situation should be a wake-up call "for anyone coming into contact with a young person...we can try to plant the seeds necessary so that this doesn't happen again...not assume that there is a direct correlation between athleticism and real-life skills."

Lee said a key part of Peninsula All-Star Football Camp is a semi-private session in which parents and coaches are ordered out of the auditorium while college and professional athletes tell the high school players how to get their personal lives in order. In the session, the campers are warned about potential dangers from parties to drugs to girls to friends. [110]

Noting the reality that Vick is likely to do prison time, the Boys and Girls Club's Johnson told a reporter:

"Now we explain that you can't depend on somebody else to take care of your responsibility...and sometimes money will get in the way of right and wrong."[110]

Career awards

College awards and achievements

List of college awards

1999 Big East Conference Rookie of the Year

1999 Big East Conference Offensive Player of the Year

1999 Archie Griffin Award

2000 Best College Football Player ESPY Award

2001 Toyota Gator Bowl MVP

List of college records

Set an NCAA record for a freshman and established single-season school records for highest yards passing per completion (20.4), per attempt (12.1), highest completion percentage (59.2) and most yards per play (9.3).

Finished third in the balloting for the coveted Heisman Trophy (matching the highest finish ever by a freshman, and eventually broken by Adrian L. Peterson, who finished second in the balloting in 2004) while coming away with the hardware for Big East Conference Offensive and Rookie of the Year and finished runner-up in voting for the Associated Press Player of the Year.

Became the first player in Division I history to win a league's Player of the Year Award in the same season he won Rookie of the Year.

NFL awards and achievements

List of NFL awards

Best NFL Player ESPY Award (2003)

Galloping Gobbler Award (2005)

List of NFL records and milestones

In 2006, Vick became the only quarterback in NFL history to rush for over 1,000 yards during the regular season.

In 2006, Vick set the NFL record for most yards per carry in a season, at 8.4.

When Vick and RB Jerious Norwood both ran for over 100 yards in Week 4 of the 2006 season, the Falcons became the only NFL team to ever record two games in a franchise's history where both the quarterback and a running back on the same team surpassed the 100-yard mark in the same game. (Vick and Warrick Dunn both eclipsed 100 yards in Week 2 of the same season.)

Vick (1,039 yards) and Dunn (1,140) became the first QB/RB tandem in NFL history to each go over the 1,000-yard rushing mark in the same season. They also became the fourth set of teammates in league history to each have 1,000 or more yards. The last set of teammates to accomplish the feat were Cleveland RBs Kevin Mack (1,104 yards) and Earnest Byner (1,002) in 1985.

Earned his second consecutive and third overall Pro Bowl nod in 2005 as he passed for 2,412 yards and 16 touchdowns in addition to leading all NFL quarterbacks with 597 rushing yards and six scores.

Named to the second Pro Bowl of his career after leading the Falcons to their third division title in team history and breaking numerous NFL and team records in 2004.

Set an NFL postseason record for a quarterback with 119 rushing yards in the 2004 NFC Divisional Playoff win against the Rams.

Became the first quarterback to ever throw for more than 250 yards and rush for over 100 yards in the same game at the Broncos (October 31, 2004).

Named to the 2002 Pro Bowl, becoming the seventh quarterback to be voted to the NFL All-Star game in his first year as a starter since 1970, joining Dan Marino of the Miami Dolphins (1983), Brett Favre of the Green Bay Packers (1992), Kurt Warner of the St. Louis Rams (1999), Daunte Culpepper of the Minnesota Vikings (2000), Donovan McNabb of the Philadelphia Eagles (2000), and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots (2001). This group would later include Marc Bulger of the St. Louis Rams (2003), Philip Rivers of the San Diego Chargers (2006), and Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys (2006).

Top overall NFL draft choice in 2001 after a celebrated college career at Virginia Tech. Was the fourth Falcons #1 overall pick in club history (Tommy Nobis in 1966, Steve Bartkowski in 1975, Aundray Bruce in 1988)

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deathfromabove (12/10/2007)
Because nut huggers actually being ON the field are 100x as hard to explain when I try to defend our fanbase.


our fanbase does not need to be defended cause most of us hear have been true fans before vick and will be hear after vick....i guess you hate the rest of the team now because they support him, some FAN you are.....

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