No article about famous Hokies (of any class) would be complete without the most famous Hokie of them all, Michael Vick.
Much maligned, divisive, polarizing, emotion producing, and controversial. These are words that describe present day Michael Vick. Hokie fans prefer a much different list of words, a list that harkens back to the days of glory.
In 1999, redshirt freshman Michael Vick began his career at Virginia Tech, and changed the course of Hokie football forever. Already an emerging power, the Hokies just needed that "one thing" to make the leap to champions. Enter Vick.
Ranked out of high school as the number five quarterback in the country, Vick was overshadowed and overlooked by many by a quarterback named Ronald Curry from Hampton High School.
Curry was almost universally rated as a better prospect, and Vick took a backseat. He would soon show, however, that the comparison was for naught.
Vick ended his redshirt freshman season as the nation's first Archie Griffin award winner for most valuable college player, a 1st team All American, both Big East Player of the Year AND Rookie of the Year, was second in voting for AP Player of the Year, third in Heisman trophy balloting and won an ESPY as college player of the year.
Vick held the attention of the nation during the National Championship game, in which he almost single-handedly beat a dominating Florida State team filled with NFL caliber talent.
Vick showed a speed and elusiveness that had previously not been seen by a quarterback, and began to usher in a different sort of college quarterback, the dual threat.
Since then, many successful college quarterbacks from Vince Young to Tim Tebow have ridden this model to great success, but it is Vick who remains the poster child for the mobile quarterback.
Love him or hate him today, his college football legacy is one that Virginia Tech will never deny.