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After a promising start, Vick's NFL career unravels

In 2005, Michael Vick was selected to go to the Pro Bowl for the third time in his career. A 7-9 season in 2006 was followed by his legal problems this year.

August 25, 2007|Associated Press


Jan. 4: Puts on dazzling performance in BCS title game, throwing for 225 yards, rushing for 95 more and scoring two touchdowns in Virginia Tech's 46-29 loss to Florida State.


Jan. 1: Named MVP of Gator Bowl as Virginia Tech beats Clemson, 41-20.

April 21: Falcons select Vick with first overall pick of NFL draft.

Nov. 11: Throws TD pass in first start in win over Cowboys.


Dec. 19: Selected to first Pro Bowl.


Jan. 4: Leads Falcons to 27-7 playoff upset of Packers, the first home playoff loss in Green Bay history.

Aug. 16: Breaks leg in exhibition game, an injury that sidelines him four months.


Dec. 22: Selected to second Pro Bowl after leading Falcons to 11-5 record and NFC South title.

Dec. 23: Signs new contract worth $130 million.


Jan. 15: Leads Falcons to 47-17 playoff win over Rams.

Jan. 23: In NFC title game, Falcons lose to Eagles, 27-10.

Dec. 21: Named to third Pro Bowl.


Nov. 26: At the end of lopsided loss against Saints, makes obscene gesture to booing fans. Apologizes the next day but is fined by the NFL.

Dec. 31: Falcons finish disappointing season 7-9.


April 27: Police find dog-training complex in the woods just behind Vick's Virginia home. Animal control officers count 66 dogs on the property.

July 2: In court documents, authorities allege that dogfighting operation called Bad Newz Kennels has operated on Vick's property for the last five years.

July 17: The U.S. Attorney's office announces that Vick and three others have been indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with dogfighting.

July 19: Nike announces that it has suspended release of a product bearing Vick's name.

July 26: Vick and three co-defendants plead not guilty to dogfighting charges and ask for jury trial.

July 30: One of four co-defendants, Tony Taylor, reaches deal with prosecutors on plea deal and agrees to testify against the others.

July 31: Two other co-defendants, Purnell Peace and Quanis Phillips, who had been charged with conspiracy to travel in interstate commerce in aid of unlawful activities and conspiring to sponsor a dog in an animal fighting venture, enter guilty pleas and agree to testify against Vick.

Monday: Vick's attorney says the QB has agreed to enter guilty plea and will take responsibility for his actions.

Friday: Roger Goodell and the NFL suspend Vick indefinitely after he files plea.


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