Michael Vick was taken first in the 2001 NFL Draft, after the Atlanta Falcons traded up to get him. The San Diego Chargers originally had the pick. Vick was also picked in the 30th round of the 2000 MLB Draft by the Colorado Rockies, even though he didn't play baseball at Virginia Tech.
That season, Vick and Warrick Dunn were the first quarterback/running back duo to gain over 1,000 rushing yards in a single season.
Vick made his first start at Dallas on November 11, 2001 and tight end Alge Crumpler caught Vick's first touchdown pass.
In 2002, Vick was named to his first Pro Bowl, after passing for over 2,900 yards and rushing for nearly 800 yards. Vick also set a record for most rushing yards in a single game for a quarterback against the Minnesota Vikings, gaining 173 yards.
Vick led the Falcons to the playoffs during that same season, and eventually lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC divisional playoff game.
In 2003, Vick missed the first 11 games after suffering a broken right leg in the preseason. He made his first appearance of the season against the Houston Texans on November 30, after QB Doug Johnson was pulled. The Falcons weren't very successful that season, in Vick's absence.
Vick was named to his second Pro Bowl in 2004, after another successful season. The Falcons, once again, lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in the playoffs.
Vick would continue to have success in 2004 and 2005, but failed to lead the Falcons to the playoffs in either of those seasons.
Vick holds quarterback records for the most rushing yards in a season (1,039), in a game (173), and the most 100-yard rushing game (7).