Michael Vick Eludes Media, Back to Old Ways

Travis EvansCorrespondent IMay 20, 2009

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 10:  DeAngelo Hall #21 of the Atlanta Falcons holds up a poster of Michael Vick during player intros against the New Orleans Saints on December 10, 2007 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

"Vick rolls left pump fakes and wait he's running back across the field he sees daylight touchdown touchdown, Falcons have regained the lead thanks to the One Man Show."

Vick brought the Falcons hope and promise, as ticket sales sailed through the roof, and Vick became rich and famous he had a few bad run in's with the NFL whipping off fans and such. Here's a run down of his football career—we all know about the dog fighting.

Vick ran an unheard of speed of a 4.3 second 40-yard dash and recorded a amazing like vertical leap of 40.5". In his first spring practice game at Virginia Tech, he completed just three of 10 passes, but he impressed and was well known when Vick scored a touchdown on a diving somersault into the end zone. 

The play was played on every sports station across the country. Vick would soon lead his team to the National Championship.

Florida State would win the Sugar Bowl 46-29, but the player who made the biggest impact on the game was Vick. Virginia Tech trailed at one point early in the game by three touchdowns until Vick took the game over and led his team to a 29-28 lead.

Vick told Sports Illustrated's Silver about his reaction to his team's falling flat in the biggest college football game of the year: "We went down 28-7 and I gathered everyone around and said, 'Yo, it ain't going down like this. Somebody's got to step up. I guess it's going to be me.'" 

That showed that Vick would soon take the Falcons locker room by storm and have players willing to get cut for him. Although Vick's efforts weren't enough Florida state triumphed. In his first year as a starter, Vick threw for 1,840 yards and 12 touchdowns and set an NCAA record for passing efficiency by a freshman (180.37).

As a rusher he gained 585 yards and added eight touchdowns. Vick was named to The Sporting News All-America team and was named the Big East Offensive Player of the Year. He finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting and, as a 19-year-old, attended his first ESPY Award show to receive acclaim as the nation's top college football player.

Some other notable mentions Vick won.All-American, 1997; The Sporting News First Team All America, 1999; Big East Offensive Player of the Year, 1999; Archie Griffin Award, 1999; ESPY Award, top college football player, 1999; Gator Bowl MVP; 2000.

The Atlanta Falcons moved aggressively to trade up to the number one pick in the draft to ensure that they could take Vick. The organization followed through with their plan making Vick the first pick overall of the 2001 draft and signed him to a six-year deal worth up to $62 million, then an unheard of deal for a rookie QB.

Falcons coach Dan Reeves planned to bring Vick along slowly in his first season and use him in certain situations and with a limited amount of plays, but when starting quarterback Chris Chandler was injured, Vick was forced into the starting lineup.

He started against Dallas and St. Louis and played in five other games. Though the Falcons saw glimpses of greatness in his first year, Vick turned the ball over too often. Part of the problem was the rookie had trouble memorizing all the plays in Reeves' complicated offense.

In his next year in Atlanta, the Falcons made it clear that it was Vick's time to shine. The club released Chandler following that year. Reeves also simplified the playbook to ease the second-year player's time not only learning the offense, but learning the terms used in the offense.

Reeves basically tailored an NFL offense for one player and Vick had the green light to run whenever he felt like it.  The Falcons improved their defense and Vick  led the Falcons from a 6-10 team to a 9-7 team.

At one point in the season, Vick led his team to a seven-game winning streak and the Falcons and their quarterback were the hottest topic in the NFL.

Though the team hit a tough part of the schedule at the end of the season, the Falcons made the playoffs, but their reward for such a fine season was a trip to Green Bay, Wisconsin, to play the Packers—a team that had never lost a playoff game on their home field.

Vick led his team up north and did what many thought was impossible. Atlanta not only beat the Packers, they destroyed the heavily favored Green Bay team 27-7. Though the Falcons lost the following week to the Philadelphia Eagles, Vick had led his team to a playoff win and respectability.

Well, I don't want to bore you with this article about Vick. He was released sometime today and will soon be with his family. Vick had eluded the press and escaped to the highway on his trip to his home in Hampton, VA with his soon to be wife.

In the coming weeks Vick will begin throwing ball to volunteering WR's and working out with QB coaches and Strength coaches. Although Vick will have to wait 'til July to speak with Roger.

Many teams in all likely hood will work him out when he is released but he may only come to three or four teams. Owners won't want to tarnish their teams name because of the P.E.T.A backlash.

If Vick can retain all of his skills, he "WILL" become an NFL starting QB somewhere. For his sake, I say Vick should sign with Minnesota or Washington.

Washington will offer him a contract other teams won't and that will please him plus he has never had a WR core as deep as Washington's will be this year.

Also it is close to his home in VA. Dany Boy is not scared to pull the trigger. Plus one of his great great friends D Hall is there to lobby for him in D.C.

Minnesota has a sort of ol ATL offense with a fast RB in Peterson and some mediocre WR's except Berrian and Percy but they have a strong defense and Vick would mess good seeing as they have a bad "VICK" wana-be in Tarvaris Jackson.

Vick will be great but look for him to work in the pocket and rely on his huge arm. Not many offenses want to redo a whole playbook for one guy who just got out of jail.