Vick enters innocent plea

RICHMOND, Va., July 26 (UPI) -- Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick Thursday pleaded innocent to federal charges in connection with alleged dog-fighting at his Virginia home.

Ex-U.S. official oversees Vick case

NEW YORK, July 25 (UPI) -- The NFL has appointed a former U.S. deputy attorney general to oversee a review of dog-fighting charges against Atlanta Falcons star Michael Vick.

NFL orders Vick not ro report to camp

NEW YORK, July 23 (UPI) -- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell ordered Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick Monday not to report to the team's training camp, which starts Thursday.

Dangerous dog laws troublesome for states

RICHMOND, Va., July 23 (UPI) -- Officials in U.S. states have faced difficulties creating legislation that limits dangerous dog attacks while respecting owners' rights, a report said.

Protest calls for Vick suspension by NFL

NEW YORK, July 21 (UPI) -- Animal rights activists are demanding the NFL take a hard line with Atlanta Falcons star Michael Vick over charges he was involved in a dogfighting ring.

Report: Nike delays Vick shoe endorsement

ATLANTA, July 19 (UPI) -- The Nike Co. Thursday delayed the pending release of a sneaker bearing the name of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick.

Vick to be late for training camp

ATLANTA, July 19 (UPI) -- Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick likely will miss the start of training camp next Thursday after his indictment on illegal dog-fighting charges.

Bond hearing set for Falcons' Vick

RICHMOND, Va., July 18 (UPI) -- A federal court bond hearing has been set for Atlanta Falcons' quarterback Michael Vick on felony charges connected to illegal dog fighting.

Falcons QB Vick indicted in dogfighting

ATLANTA, July 17 (UPI) -- Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick reportedly has been indicted on two felony charges in an alleged dogfighting ring at a house he owns in Virginia.

Report: Air Tran dumps Michael Vick

ATLANTA, June 1 (UPI) -- Air Tran Airways has severed its ties to Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, who is the subject of illegal dogfighting allegations in Virginia.

Report: Miami wants more for Green

MIAMI, May 31 (UPI) -- The Kansas City Chiefs may have to pay a high price to trade quarterback Trent Green to the Miami Dolphins.

ESPN: Vick a dog-fighting 'heavyweight'

BRISTOL, Conn., May 27 (UPI) -- An informant, interviewed by ESPN, said Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick is "one of the heavyweights" in dog fighting, the cable channel said Sunday.

Report: Vick bet on dog fights

BRISTOL, Conn., May 27 (UPI) -- A police informant Sunday alleged Atlanta quarterback Michael Vick has been a "heavyweight" in illegal dog fighting activity.

Vick dog fighting investigation ongoing

SURRY, Va., May 22 (UPI) -- A prosecutor in Virginia is continuing an investigation into alleged dog fighting on a property owned by Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick. Commonwealth Attorney Gerald Poindexter and investigators with the Surry County Sheriff's Office reviewed ev

Report: Vick attended dogfight

ATLANTA, May 16 (UPI) -- Informants say NFL quarterback Michael Vick attended reported illegal dogfights at the farm he owns in Chesapeake, Va.
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Michael Vick
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) rushes for a 7-yard touchdown against the Washington Redskins during the first quarter at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland on November 15, 2010. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

Michael Dwayne Vick (born June 26, 1980) is an American football quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He played for the Atlanta Falcons for six seasons before serving time in prison for his involvement in an illegal dog fighting ring.

Vick played college football at Virginia Tech, where as a freshman he placed third in the Heisman Trophy balloting. He left after his sophomore year to enter the NFL and was drafted first overall by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2001 NFL Draft. He became the first African-American quarterback to be selected first overall in an NFL Draft. In six seasons with the Falcons, he gained wide popularity for his performance on the field, and led the Falcons to the playoffs twice. Vick ranks second among quarterbacks in career rushing yards.

In April 2007, Vick was implicated in an illegal interstate dog fighting ring that had operated over five years. In August 2007, he pleaded guilty to federal felony charges and served 21 months in prison, followed by two months in home confinement. With the loss of his NFL salary and product endorsement deals, combined with previous financial mismanagement, Vick filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in July 2008. Falcons owner Arthur Blank did not want Vick on the Falcons, and after attempts to trade him failed, Vick was released. He signed with the Philadelphia Eagles and was reinstated in Week 3 of the 2009 season.

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