Michael Dwayne Vick is an American football quarterback who is currently a free agent.
He has previously played for the Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles, and New York Jets.
Vick played college football at Virginia Tech, where as a freshman he placed third in the Heisman Trophy balloting.
He left after his sophomore year to enter the NFL and was drafted first overall by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2001 NFL Draft, the first African-American quarterback ever taken in that position.
In six seasons with the Falcons, he gained wide popularity for his performance on the field, and led the Falcons to the playoffs twice.
During his tenure with Atlanta, Vick was selected to three Pro Bowls.
In April 2007, Vick was implicated in an illegal interstate dog fighting ring that had operated for five years.
A federal judge noted that he had promoted, funded, and facilitated a dog fighting ring on his property, and had engaged in hanging and drowning dogs who did not perform well.
He also had failed to cooperate fully with police.
In August 2007, Vick pleaded guilty to federal felony charges and served 21 months in prison, followed by two months in home confinement.