116 Facts About Michael Vick


Michael Vick was released by the Falcons shortly before leaving prison.


Michael Vick officially retired in 2017 after spending the entirety of the 2016 season as a free agent.


Michael Vick's mother worked two jobs, obtained public financial assistance and had help from her parents, while his father worked long hours in the shipyards as a sandblaster and spray-painter.


Michael Vick was only three years old when his father, nicknamed "Bullet" for his speed during his own playing days, began teaching him the fundamentals.


Michael Vick added 1,048 yards and 18 scores on the ground.


Michael Vick made a spectacular flip to score his last touchdown but landed awkwardly on his ankle, forcing him to miss the remainder of the game and all of the following game.


Michael Vick led the NCAA in passing efficiency in 1999, a record for a freshman and the third-highest all-time mark.


Michael Vick won both an ESPY Award as the nation's top college player and the first-ever Archie Griffin Award as college football's most valuable player.


Michael Vick won the Big East Offensive Player of the Year.


Michael Vick was invited to the 1999 Heisman Trophy presentation and finished third in the voting behind Ron Dayne and Joe Hamilton.


Michael Vick put the game away with a 55-yard run with 1:34 left.


Michael Vick missed the game against Central Florida, and was unable to start against the Miami Hurricanes, who handed Virginia Tech their only loss of the season.


Michael Vick finished sixth in Heisman Trophy voting for the 2000 season.


At his Pro Day workout, Michael Vick ran the 40-yard dash in 4.33 seconds; his time has been clocked as low as 4.25, the fastest-ever for an NFL quarterback.


Michael Vick was selected first in the 2001 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons, becoming the first African-American quarterback to be taken with the top pick.


Michael Vick was selected in the 30th round of the 2000 Major League Baseball Draft by the Colorado Rockies, despite not playing baseball since the eighth grade.


Michael Vick made his NFL debut against the San Francisco 49ers on September 9,2001, and saw limited action.


Michael Vick accounted for 234 of Atlanta's 255 yards in the season finale against the St Louis Rams on January 6,2002.


In two starts and eight total games played that season, Michael Vick completed 50 of 113 passes for 785 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions.


Michael Vick made 15 starts in 2002, missing one game against the New York Giants on October 13 with a sprained shoulder.


Michael Vick completed 231 of 421 passes for 2,936 yards and 16 touchdowns.


Michael Vick had 113 carries for 777 yards and eight rushing touchdowns.


Michael Vick set numerous single-game career highs during the season, including in passes completed, pass attempts and passing yards.


Michael Vick set a then-NFL record for most rushing yards by a quarterback in a single game with 173 against the Minnesota Vikings on December 1, broken by Colin Kaepernick in 2013.


Michael Vick tied for third in team history for the best touchdown-to-interception ratio in a season.


Michael Vick was named to his first Pro Bowl after the season.


Michael Vick suffered a fractured right fibula during a preseason game before the 2003 season against the Baltimore Ravens.


Michael Vick missed the first 11 games of the regular season, making his debut in week 13.


Michael Vick returned to form in 2004, passing for 2,313 yards, 14 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions.


Michael Vick finished second in the NFL MVP voting earning one place vote, preventing Peyton Manning to be an unanimous choice.


Michael Vick made his third Pro Bowl after the 2005 season, during which he passed for 2,412 yards and 16 touchdowns while rushing for 597 rushing yards and six more touchdowns.


In 2006, Michael Vick became the first quarterback to ever rush for over 1,000 yards in a single season.


Michael Vick set a record by rushing for 8.4 yards per carry.


Goodell left open the possibility of reinstating Michael Vick depending on how he cooperated with federal and state authorities.


Goodell had barred Michael Vick from reporting to training camp while the league conducted its own investigation into the matter.


Michael Vick said the team had no immediate plans to cut ties with Vick, citing salary-cap issues.


The arbitrator agreed with the Falcons' contention that Michael Vick knew he was engaging in illegal activity when he signed his new contract in 2004, and that he had used the bonus money to pay for the operation.


Michael Vick did think that Vick would be "unstoppable" if he decided to play in the Arena Football League.


Michael Vick signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on August 13,2009.


Michael Vick was allowed to participate in all team practices and meetings as well as the Eagles' last two preseason games.


Michael Vick was eligible to play in the third week of the regular season.


In week 13 against the Atlanta Falcons, Michael Vick both threw and ran for a touchdown, his first scores since December 2006.


Michael Vick suffered a rib cartilage injury in a week 4 game against Washington, and was replaced by Kolb.


Michael Vick was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week following his performance, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame asked for his game jersey to display after he became the first player to pass for three touchdowns and rush for two touchdowns in the first half of a game.


Michael Vick accounted for three touchdowns to tie the game with under two minutes left.


Michael Vick earned NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his game against the Giants.


Michael Vick made his fourth Pro Bowl after the season and was named the Eagles' starting quarterback.


Michael Vick won the Bert Bell Award on March 4,2011.


Michael Vick finished second in the NFL Offensive Player of the Year with 11 first place votes and NFL MVP both awarded to Tom Brady who won MVP unanimously.


In Week 4, against the San Francisco 49ers, Michael Vick had 416 passing yards, two passing touchdowns, and one interception to go along with eight carries for 75 rushing yards.


Michael Vick completed 24 of his 39 passes for 335 yards and three touchdowns.


Michael Vick finished with 3,303 passing yards, 18 passing touchdowns, and 14 interceptions to go along with 76 carries for 589 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown.


Michael Vick came into week one of the 2012 season as the starter, despite a solid showing from rookie Nick Foles in the preseason.


The Eagles lost another game against the New Orleans Saints, and Michael Vick remained the starting quarterback for a week 10 game against the Dallas Cowboys.


Michael Vick was injured in that game, which the Eagles lost, and was replaced by Foles.


Michael Vick went 19 of 35 for 197 yards with a touchdown and interception, and ran five times for 25 yards.


On February 11,2013, the Eagles and Michael Vick agreed on a one-year restructured contract worth up to $10 million.


Michael Vick started out well, winning his first game against Washington and throwing his first career 400-yard game in a close loss to the San Diego Chargers, with four passing touchdowns, two rushing touchdowns, and no interceptions in the two-game stretch.


Foles returned the following week, and Michael Vick spent the rest of the season as the backup, making only one more appearance in a blowout win over the Chicago Bears.


Michael Vick signed a one-year $5 million contract with the New York Jets on March 21,2014, the same day the Jets released Mark Sanchez.


Michael Vick became the first quarterback in franchise history to wear the number.


Michael Vick's signing by the Steelers caused a social media backlash by many Steeler fans, with some saying that they would never support the team again.


Steelers president Art Rooney II defended the Michael Vick signing on KDKA-TV, saying that they felt that Michael Vick had proven himself since being released from prison.


In five weeks, Michael Vick went 40 for 66 with two touchdowns and one interception, rushing for 99 yards on 20 attempts.


Michael Vick suffered a hamstring injury in a win against the Arizona Cardinals and was replaced by Landry Jones.


In 2016, Michael Vick announced he would play one more season in the NFL.


On June 12,2017, Michael Vick retired as an Atlanta Falcon.


On June 28,2017, Michael Vick began participating in the newly-formed American Flag Football League, serving as captain of Team Michael Vick.


On May 20,2022, reports surfaced that Michael Vick planned to return to football and play for an undisclosed team in the Fan Controlled Football league.


Michael Vick was reportedly inspired by seeing the success Terrell Owens was having in the league.


Two days later, Michael Vick denied this and said that he will not come out of retirement.


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


Michael Vick was accused of financing the operation, directly participating in dog fights and executions, and personally handling thousands of dollars in related gambling activities.


Four days later, Michael Vick filed plea documents with the federal court.


Michael Vick pleaded guilty to "Conspiracy to Travel in Interstate Commerce in Aid of Unlawful Activities and to Sponsor a Dog in an Animal Fighting Venture".


Michael Vick admitted to providing most of the financing for the operation, and to participating directly in several dog fights in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, and South Carolina.


Michael Vick admitted to sharing in the proceeds from these dog fights.


Michael Vick further admitted that he knew his colleagues killed several dogs who did not perform well.


Michael Vick was ordered to submit to random drug testing.


Michael Vick was held at Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Virginia awaiting sentencing on the federal convictions.


Judge Hudson said he was "convinced that it was not a momentary lack of judgment" on Michael Vick's part, and that Michael Vick was a "full partner" in the dog fighting ring, and he was sentenced to serve 23 months in federal prison.


Michael Vick was assigned to United States Penitentiary, Leavenworth, a federal prison facility in Leavenworth, Kansas, to serve his sentence.


At the request of federal authorities before sentencing, Michael Vick agreed to deposit nearly $1 million in an escrow account with attorneys to reimburse others for the costs of caring for the confiscated dogs, most of which were being offered for adoption on a selective basis under supervision of a court-appointed specialist.


Michael Vick was charged with two class-6 felonies, which each carried a maximum penalty of five years' imprisonment.


Michael Vick planned to plead guilty to state charges in an effort to get early release from federal prison and enter a halfway house.


Michael Vick was transported to Virginia in November 2008 to face the state charges.


Michael Vick submitted a guilty plea to a single Virginia felony charge for dog fighting, receiving a 3-year prison sentence suspended on condition of good behavior, and a $2,500 fine.


Michael Vick's finances suffered from poor management, bad investments and lawsuits.


Smith's plan was for Michael Vick to have a net wealth of $100 million by 2010; by that date Michael Vick was actually an estimated $20 million in debt.


The dog fighting property near Smithfield, Virginia had been liquidated earlier, and in November 2007, Michael Vick attempted to sell another of his homes.


Construction of a new riverfront home took place on land Michael Vick owned in another exclusive section of Suffolk.


On July 7,2008, Michael Vick sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in US Bankruptcy Court in Newport News after failing to "work out consensual resolutions with each of his creditors," according to court papers.


Sports agents Andrew Joel and Dave Lowman claimed Michael Vick signed a contract with their firm in 2001, nine days before he announced he was leaving Virginia Tech early and declaring himself eligible for the NFL Draft.


Michael Vick attempted to end the relationship with Joel Enterprises a few weeks later, and entered into another relationship with other agents.


Michael Vick had hired Wong, a business manager in Omaha, Nebraska, in the fall of 2007 on the recommendation of Falcons teammate Demorrio Williams.


Michael Vick next turned to Talbot, a medical school graduate from Hackensack, New Jersey who claimed to have expertise in financial management.


Michael Vick later told the court he met Talbot in April 2008 through his brother, Marcus.


Michael Vick later discovered that Talbot's resume contained numerous false statements.


Paul K Campsen, one of Vick's lawyers, told the court that Vick "has supported his mother, brother, fiancee and his two children" over the years.


Michael Vick said Vick's financial problems included average monthly expenses of $12,225 for several large homes his family and friends were living in and a monthly income of just $277.69.


Michael Vick's attorneys filed a first plan of reorganization through bankruptcy on November 12,2008.


Under the plan, Michael Vick was to sell three of his six homes.


Creditors challenged Michael Vick's spending plan given his loss of salary and suspension from the NFL.


Michael Vick testified that he intended to live a better life after prison.


The judge commended Michael Vick for trying to work out his financial mess after years of poor choices, but told Michael Vick the numbers did not add up.


Michael Vick was allowed annual living expenses of $300,000 under the plan.


Michael Vick was given up to $472 a month in car-related expenses.


Michael Vick's mother was allowed $2,500 per month, and his former girlfriend Tameka Taylor was allotted $3,000 per month to support their son, Mitez.


Michael Vick was not required to pay creditors during his first season with the Eagles.


Michael Vick paid bankruptcy lawyers $748,750 in 2010, $1 million in 2011, and a total of $2.6 million.


Michael Vick had endorsement contracts with companies including Nike, EA Sports, Coca-Cola, Powerade, Kraft, Rawlings, Hasbro, and AirTran.


Michael Vick's first endorsement after being released from prison was a two-year deal on January 27,2011, with Unequal Technologies, a company that produces football pads.


Michael Vick had been supplying him with complimentary gear since October 2009; his re-signing marked the first time a sponsor had brought back an athlete after dropping him.


In 2012, Michael Vick launched a sports clothing line called V7 to be sold exclusively at Modell's.


The Michael Vick Foundation collected donations from communities in Atlanta and Virginia to be placed in the United In Caring Fund for Victims of the Virginia Tech Tragedy and a special fund at the United Way of Montgomery, Radford, and Floyd counties, which serves the Virginia Tech area.


The Michael Vick Foundation said the money would be used to provide help with funeral expenses, transportation for family members and other support services.