Twelve days before the Eagles’ first home game of the 2012 regular season and three years after his return to the NFL, Michael Vick released his autobiography, Finally Free. The story traces the renowned quarterback’s life from his poverty-stricken roots in Virginia to his re-emergence as one the top quarterbacks in the league after nearly two years in prison for a dog-fighting conviction.
To fans, the No. 7 belongs to Vick. But, according to his book, the leader of the Eagles offense carries another number “forever embedded” in his mind, his inmate number from his 21-month prison sentence. This season, Vick hopes to put up game numbers that cause that second figure to recede a little further into history.
Here are a few select numbers that may foretell the likelihood of a fairytale ending to the Philadelphia chapter of his story.