Regardless of what we think of Michael at this point, there is something fundamentally wrong with the Vick family. After the elder brother’s well publicized stint in prison due to his dog fighting ventures, everyone was quick to label him the bad son.
So he graduates high school in a dream, offers from all the top programs, Virginia Tech, University of Miami, Virginia, NC State, the list goes on. After settling on Virginia Tech, he arrived on campus to the disappointment of being red shirted as a true freshman. Even so, he made his mark on the school athletically, grabbing peoples attention with his dual-weapon abilities, comprised of his running abilities as well as his passing skills.
In 2005, Marcus wowed fans by moving from third string quarterback to starter. Not just starter, but quarterback of a team that went 11-2 on the season, earning a spot at the ACC Championship Game, as well as winning the ACC Coastal Division title and the Gator Bowl. In 24 games, Marcus Vick recorded 2,868 passing yards for 19 touchdowns. On the ground he rushed 184 times for 492 yards and 6 touchdowns.
Despite his promising numbers on the field, Marcus Vick’s legal troubles soon began to show through and coaches took note of his terrible character. During his time at Virginia Tech, Vick had 9 motor vehicle violations which resulted first in a suspended license, but which later landed him in court when he was caught driving once again. On January 27, 2004, Vick was arrested for supposedly having sex with a 15-year old girl when he was 20. On field, Vick was punished for giving the crowd the finger during a game at West Virginia University. Everything culminated in the Gator Bowl of ’06 when Vick stomped on the leg of another player, future pro-bowler Elvis Dumervil, after the play had died. Although Vick claims to have apologized after the game, Dumervil maintains that he did no such thing. University of Louisville was astounded that Vick had maliciously attacked one of their players and filed a complaint with Virginia Tech which ultimately led to Marcus’ removal from the football team.
In response to his being kicked out of Virginia Tech, Vick stated, “It’s not a big deal. I’ll just move on to the next level, baby.”
But wait. Where is Marcus now? We haven’t seen him in the NFL since his short stint with the dolphins, and he hasn’t been in the news in a while. It should be noted that three days after Vick left Virginia Tech, he was arrested in the parking lot of a McDonalds for reportedly pointing a gun at three unarmed teenagers. When he was asked to provide his address, he indicated a mansion belonging to his brother, Michael.
So in closing, I think we should commend Michael Vick for working so hard to isolate his madness from humanity as it seems a genetic impulse to wreak havoc for these two brothers.
Few things have comforted me in this cold reality. Nothing seems as funny nor interesting in a world of cut paths and everyday happenings. But I have rediscovered something to ring true in it’s bold declaration of hilarity. This video is older than the hills but it never ceases to make me laugh.