vick-documentary

The legend of Michael Vick began for me on January 4, 2000.

Inside the Louisiana Superdome, the Virginia Tech Hokies were playing Florida State for the National Championship. The Seminoles obviously had the stronger team. Peter Warrick delivered upon the game of his life, Chris Weinke was the best 25-year-old college quarterback in America and Bobby Bowden was far and away a more experienced coach in big game situations than VT’s Frank Beamer.

Yet only one team had a freshman from Newport News, Virginia named Michael Vick.

It was quite possibly the most spectacular game in a losing effort I’ve ever seen. Vick flicked his wrist with ease and threw a bomb of a touchdown pass to Andre Davis to make the score 14-7 to close the first quarter. Despite all of his magic and firepower, the expected result occurred. Florida State claimed its second national title on Peter Warrick’s explosiveness in the punt return game as well as on offense. Vick however, became the star of the show.

MV7 on NCAA Football 2000 was dangerous. As Mike Vick transitioned to the NFL, he on Madden 2004 became the most unstoppable Madden character ever. Tecmo players had Bo Jackson. Madden players had Vick in ’04 who would routinely throw for 3,000 yards and run for 1,000 on simulated Franchise seasons and gobble up MVP awards. Every Sunday from 2002 to 2006, we tuned in to the Michael Vick Experience and left in awe.

His legacy is one of redemption. At his height, he was the defiant face of Atlanta, a playground legend from the slums of Virginia that managed to emulate everything that was not only hip-hop but individuality. At his lowest point he was a convict, jailed for two years in federal prison for dogfighting and running a criminal enterprise. PETA waged war against him, same for the ASPCA. In less than a decade, the redshirt freshman who dazzled college football and finished third in the Heisman Trophy race, the same one who ignited Atlanta and had the most popular jersey in all of football — had lost it. All of it.

Bleacher Report‘s VICK captures all of this and then some. There’s interviews with former NFL quarterbacks Donovan McNabb and Aaron Brooks along with Capone & N.O.R.E of C-N-N, high school coaches, Michael Wilbon of ESPN and even Vick himself. The documentary leaves no stone unturned in its 50-minute length as it captures the sound, fury, joy & pain of growing up in a world where at one point, Michael Vick was the revolution of football.

Watch VICK below via YouTube.