Michael Vick factfile

Dec 10, 2007 - 4:28 PM - Born June 26, 1980 in Newport News, Virginia

- After starring at Newport News Public School and Warwick Highh School, Vick earned a scholarship to play a Virginia Tech. He helped the Hokies to the 2000 Sugar Bowl where they played for the national title, but lost 46-29 to Florida State. Vick finished third in voting for the Heisman Trophy that season as a freshman.

- Selected first overall by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2001 NFL draft, having left Virginia Tech following his redshirt sophomore season. The Falcons had traded with San Diego to land the top pick, and the Chargers got running back LaDainian Tomlinson with the fifth overall pick they got as part of the package.

- Played in eight games as a rookie, completing 50-of-113 pass attempts for 785 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for a further 289 yards and one touchdown.

- In 2002, Vick earned Pro Bowl honors and MVP consideration in his first full year as a starter. The then 22-year-old played 15 regular-season games, completing 231-of-421 passes for 2,936 yards and 16 touchdowns while adding another 777 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground.

- His 2003 season was lost almost entirely to a fractured right fibula, but Vick would return as the same explosive player. In a late season game against Carolina that season, he set the third-highest rushing total for an NFL quarterback with 141 yards on 14 carries with one touchdown.

- Prior to the start of the 2004 season, two men were arrested for distributing marijuana. The truck they had been driving was owned by Vick, causing the team to warn Vick about choosing his friendships carefully.

- Vick earned Pro Bowl honors once again in 2004, completing 181-of-321 passes for 2,313 yards with 14 touchdowns. He also rushed for 902 yards and three scores on 120 carries. The Falcons rewarded Vick with an astounding 10-year, $130 million contract. The deal made him the highest paid player in the NFL at the time.

- Named No. 33 on Forbes magazine's list of the Top 100 celebrities. The recognition came as Vick's endorsement portfolio expanded to include Nike, EA Sports, Coca-Cola, Powerade, Kraft, Rawlings, Hasbro and AirTran.

- Vick returned to the Pro Bowl after a 2005 season in which he completed 214-of-387 passes for 2,412 yards ith 15 touchdowns.

- In January 2006 - Vick's younger brother Marcus Vick was dismissed from Virginia Tech "due to a cumulative effect of legal infractions and unsportsmanlike play." Marcus was touted as an NFL prospect, but was guilty of numerous traffic violations and drug possession, and then received a misdemeanour conviction for brandishing a gun.

- April 2006 - Vick settled out of court a lawsuit brought by Sonya Elliott, who had claimed she contracted herpes from Vick and that he had failed to inform her he had the disease.

- The 2006 season was a troubled one for Vick. His 2,474 yards and 20 touchdowns appeared worthy of a Pro Bowl selection, but he was denied as controversies followed him. After a loss to the New Orleans Saints in late November, Vick made an obscene gesture to Falcons fans in the Georgia Dome who had booed the team's performance.

- January 2007 - Airport security staff at Miami International Airport discovered a hidden compartment in a water bottle surrendered by Vick. Vick was cleared of wrongdoing, having claimed the compartment was used to conceal jewellery.

- December 2007 - Vick sentenced 23 months in prison for his role in a federal dogfighting operation.






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