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A Look Back: A Delayed Glance at All That Was Lost

Jon HerrmannCorrespondent IOctober 13, 2008

In January of 2005, the Atlanta Falcons signed a young, talented, quarterback to a 10-year, $130 million contract extension. $37 million of this $130 million was guaranteed. A few months ago, this quarterback filed for bankruptcy from a prison cell.

Michael Vick decided dog-fighting was worth his freedom and all his money.

He reportedly owes between $10 and $50 million. Oh yeah, plus $550,000 for breach of contract with the Falcons. This is a guy who may not play again.

He is currently serving time in prison. He may then serve a suspension from the NFL. A long time out of the league as a quarterback really just doesn't bode too well, especially when you return at age 30 or older is when you will make your return.

So now you have no money and probably no job (unless Al Davis doesn't like the way JaMarcus Russell was looking at him one day at practice).

Let's look at all the things this kid had going for him before he threw it all away.

—2003 ESPY for best NFL player.

—2005 galloping gobler award (given to mvp of NFC Thanksgiving day game).

—In 2006, Vick became the only quarterback in NFL history to rush for over 1,000 yards during the regular season.

—In 2006, Vick set the NFL record for most yards per carry in a season, at 8.4.

—Named to the second Pro Bowl of his career after leading the Falcons to their third division title in team history and breaking numerous NFL and team records in 2004.

—Earned his second consecutive and third overall Pro Bowl nod in 2005 as he passed for 2,412 yards and 16 touchdowns in addition to leading all NFL quarterbacks with 597 rushing yards and six scores.

—Set an NFL postseason record for a quarterback with 119 rushing yards in the 2004 NFC Divisional Playoff win against the Rams.

—Became the first quarterback to ever throw for more than 250 yards and rush for over 100 yards in the same game at the Broncos (Oct. 31, 2004).

—Named to the 2002 Pro Bowl, becoming the seventh quarterback to be voted to the NFL All-Star game in his first year as a starter since 1970

P.S. Matt Ryan looks to be a stud quarterback for many years to come...

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