Here is a timeline of the career of Michael Vick ...
|Vick nearly carried Virginia Tech to a national title|
January 4, 2000 - Michael Vick's electrifying performance almost single handedly brings Virginia Tech a BCS National Championship when the freshman rallies his team from 21 points behind Florida State to grab a brief lead. The Hokies ultimately fell despite 225 yards throwing and 95 more on the ground from Vick.
April 21, 2001 - The Atlanta Falcons trade up to the No. 1 overall spot and select Vick to be their franchise quarterback.
2001 season - Vick was slowly integrated to the offense as a rookie, and ended up starting in two games, and playing in a total of eight. He flashed his immense talent in the final game of the season against the Rams when he accounted for 234 of the 255 yards gained by the offense.
2002 season -At only 22 years of age, Vick became a Pro Bowl quarterback in his first season as a starter. On the season, Vick threw for 2,936 yards and 16 touchdowns while running for 777 yards and eight touchdowns, including a game at Minnesota on December 1st when he set the NFL record for rushing yards in a game by a quarterback with 173.
|Vick was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft|
January 24, 2003 - One of Vick's trademark moments comes when his Falcons travel to Green Bay during the opening round of the playoffs and hands the Packers their first ever playoff loss at Lambeau Field, 20-6. In the next round, Vick's Falcons would fall in Philadelphia to the Eagles.
August 16, 2003 - Vick suffers a broken fibula in the preseason that keeps him out of the first 10 games of the season.
|Vick's Falcons handed the Pack its first-ever home playoff loss|
2003 season - When he finally returns in the second half of the 11th game, he seems back to his electric self. Vick leads the Falcons to a 3-1 record in his four starts, including a game in which he runs for 141 on 14 carries against the Panthers.
2004 season - In arguably his most successful season as a pro, Vick is named to his second Pro Bowl after leading the Falcons to an 11-5 record and an NFC South title. During the season, Vick signed a $130 million contract with the Falcons, the richest contract in NFL history at the time.
January 23, 2005 - After demolishing the Rams 47-17 the week before, Vick reaches his first NFC Championship game, but the Eagles defense contains Vick and the Falcons fall to Donovan McNabb and the Eagles 27-10.
2005 season -Vick was elected to his third Pro Bowl, although his Falcons fell to 8-8.
November 26, 2006 - During a game against the Saints, Vick makes an obscene gesture to the fans and is subsequently fined by the NFL.
|Vick earlier today|
2006 season - Vick becomes the first quarterback to ever rush for 1,000 yards in a season and sets an NFL record for yards per carry in a season with 8.3. Despite the prolific numbers, the Falcons miss the playoffs at 7-9.
April 2007 - Authorities uncover illegal dogfighting ring called Bad Newz Kennels located on Vick's property in Virginia.
December 10, 2007 - After pleading guilty to a dogfighting conspiracy, Vick is sentenced to 23 months in prison.
July 20, 2009 - Vick is released from federal custody. A week later he is conditionally reinstated to the NFL by Commissioner Roger Goodell.
August 13, 2009 - Vick signs a one-year contract with the Eagles.