Now, assuming the judge accepts the plea deal... what does this do for Michael Vick's NFL career? Is he back as quarterback once he's done the time? Or is his career toast? (According to a report on NPR just now, he might serve as little as 8-10 months... or as much as five years, if I heard correctly.)
NFL star Vick agrees plea deal in dog-fighting case
Mon Aug 20, 2007 3:48PM EDT
(Reuters) - Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, one of the most dynamic players in the National Football League, agreed on Monday to plead guilty in a dog-fighting case that could wreck his career. Here are some facts about Vick.
* Vick is a three-time Pro Bowl selection with breakaway running speed and a powerful passing arm who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2001 NFL draft by the Atlanta Falcons.
* A federal grand jury indicted Vick and three other men on July 17 on conspiracy charges tied to an interstate dog-fighting enterprise known as "Bad Newz Kennels" from early 2001 through April 2007. The three other defendants had already pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.
* Vick, 27, a multimillionaire and one of the league's most popular players, has lost major endorsements since the case broke. Nike suspended the release of a new Michael Vick shoe that had been set to hit stores in August and Reebok stopped selling his jerseys.
* The National Football League ordered Vick on July 23 not to report to pre-season training with the Falcons, pending the league's review of the case, effectively ruling him out of pre-season games now under way. The league has the right to add a further suspension beyond any jail time that Vick may have to serve.