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Nuggets: QB Michael Vick

With only a day left before the rookies and selected veterans report to training camp at Lehigh University, there are only two players left in our nuggets series. First, we take a look at the No. 2 quarterback, Michael Vick. You know that the former No. 1 overall pick spent six seasons under center for the Atlanta Falcons, where he was one of the most exciting players in the league. You also know about his time spent in jail for operating an illegal dog-fighting ring and that he spent his first season back in the NFL as a secret weapon of sorts for the Eagles. But what else should you know about the electric left-hander?

1. In his six seasons with the Falcons, Vick amassed almost 4,000 rushing yards and he currently sits third on the all-time rushing list for quarterbacks, behind former Eagle Randall Cunningham (4,928) and Steve Young (4,239). Vick is alone atop the list of most 100-yard rushing games by a quarterback (nine), most rushing yards by a quarterback in a single season (1,039) and most rushing yards by a QB in one game (173, against the Minnesota Vikings in December of 2002).

2. One of Vick's most passionate off-season activities might surprise you a bit - golf. In fact, Vick and Kevin Kolb play golf together often when they're not at the NovaCare Complex. "Kevin? That's my guy," Vick said. "We're always engaging in conversation; always trying to help each other, help one another ... I think he has a great opportunity. I think he's going to make the most of it." The other interesting tidbit about Vick's golf game? He's a righty.

3. Last season, Vick's teammates unanimously voted him the recipient of the team's Ed Block Courage Award for exemplifying a commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage. "It was an amazing experience," Vick said. "It was special to receive the award from my peers and I was proud to be a part of their foundation."

-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 11:11 a.m., July 25

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