Things to know about Michael
1. He wears # 7 because he thinks it’s lucky.
2. He has 2 children.
3. The Vick Foundation supports at risk youth and after school programs.
4. He was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in 2000, even though he had not played baseball since the 9th grade.
5. Mike enjoys fishing.
6. His football idols included: Barry Sanders and Walter Payton.
7. One of his many nicknames on the field is – Houdini in Cleats.
8. Mike throws left handed, even though he is a ‘rightie’.
Michael Dwayne Vick (born June 26, 1980) is a quarterback for the New York Jets. Prior to that, he played for the Atlanta Falcons and the Philadelphia Eagles.
While attending Virginia Tech, Vick placed third in the Heisman Trophy balloting. After his sophomore year, Vick left Virginia Tech to enter the NFL. He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2001 NFL Draft. Vick is the first African-American quarterback to be selected first overall in an NFL Draft. During his six seasons in Atlanta playing with the Falcons, he gained popularity for his on field performance, taking the Falcons to the playoffs twice. Vick ranks first among quarterbacks in career rushing yards.
Vick became the Eagles’ starting quarterback in 2010, and as the NFC East Champions, he took them to the 2011 NFL Playoffs. Even though he started only 11 games and played in just 12 games, Vick set career highs in passing yards, passing percentage, QB rating, passing touchdowns, and rushing touchdowns. Not only was he selected to his 4th Pro Bowl, he was also the 2010 NFL Comeback Player of the Year.
During his Pro-Day workout, Vick ran the 40-yard dash in an astonishing 4.33 seconds – the fastest time of any quarterback ever in the NFL. Mike Vick and teammate Warrick Dunn became the first quarterback/running back duo in a single season to each surpass 1,000 rushing yards.
The Eagles placed their franchise tag on Vick in February 2010. A year later, he signed the one-year tender on March 2, 2011. And, by August of that year, Vick and the Eagles announced they had agreed on a 6-year contract.
In 2011, Philadelphia was able to finish 8–8 thanks to a strong performance by Vick and his teammates. The season started off with the Eagles at 3–6, but they wound up at 4–8 before finishing strong with a four game winning streak.
The Eagles capped off their comeback season with a victory on January 1, 2012, as Vick and Co. pulled off a fine 34–10 win against the Washington Redskins.
After the 2013 season Vick was traded to the New York Jets.
Taken in part from: Wikipedia
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