Hall, other Falcons to travel to Virginia to visit imprisoned Vick
The only problem is Crumpler doesn't know where to start.
"We have to find out the rules, like if he can have visitors and what the procedures are," Crumpler said last week. "The thing is we're still trying to find the details, and that's not information you can get with a quick phone call."
Vick was sentenced three weeks ago to 23 months in federal prison for his role in an interstate dogfighting conspiracy.
Crumpler and running back Warrick Dunn said several times this season that they routinely spoke with Vick after a federal grand jury indicted him on July 17. All contact stopped on Nov. 19, when Vick voluntarily reported to a regional jail in Warsaw, Va. The three-time Pro Bowl quarterback became a federal inmate as he stood before U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson earlier this month in Richmond, Va.
Crumpler and Dunn have asked Kevin Winston, the Falcons' senior director of player development, to learn what visiting privileges, if any, Vick has.
"A couple of us, me and Warrick and maybe some other guys on the team want to see him face to face," Crumpler said. "It's been a long time since all this stuff started up."
According to a listing Monday on the Federal Bureau of Prisons Web site, Vick's location is "in transit." He has been assigned register number 33765-183.
DeAngelo Hall, also planning to visit Vick, said it would be tough to see Vick in prison, but it may be even harder for the star quarterback to see Falcons team members.
"It's probably going to be real tough for him. I know when I spoke to him before training camp started, being told he wasn't going to be able to come to training camp crushed him. He loved this team more than anything," Hall said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Crumpler considers himself Vick's closest friend on the Falcons.
In 2001, Atlanta drafted Vick, a Virginia Tech sophomore, No. 1 overall. Crumpler, a North Carolina senior, was picked in the second round.
Former Falcons coach Dan Reeves had Vick and Crumpler share hotel rooms when the team took road trips during their rookie season.
"We've always been very close, and that's why Mike knows I'll be there for him no matter what," Crumpler said. "He made some bad decisions and he's paying a heavy price for those mistakes, but that doesn't mean that I should turn my back on him."
Vick also is scheduled to stand trial April 2 for state dogfighting charges in Surry, Va., the site of former property he owned to house "Bad Newz Kennels."
Crumpler, a four-time Pro Bowl tight end, was among five Falcons who were fined for violating the NFL's uniform code in their support of Vick on Dec. 10. The league fined Crumpler, Hall, Roddy White and Chris Houston $10,000 each for wearing "MV7" on their black eye strips in Atlanta's blowout loss to New Orleans.
Receiver Joe Horn was fined $7,500 for pulling up White's jersey and letting television cameras show his teammate's "Free Mike Vick" T-shirt underneath.
Hall did not appeal his fine, but the other four players did.
Crumpler caught two touchdown passes in the Falcons' season finale, a 44-41 victory over Seattle on Sunday. Atlanta's 4-12 record was its worst since 2000.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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Update• GM: Falcons will attempt to trade Vick
• Lawyer: Vick might move to halfway house
• Former Vick estate fails to sell again
• Vick house fails to sell at auction
• Vick files for bankruptcy protection
• Prosecutor: Vick's Virginia trial can wait
• Vick ordered to repay Canadian bank $2.4 million
• Judge denies NFL motion to reverse Vick ruling
• Report: Vick not playing organized football in jail
• Report: Vick passes time with prison-yard football
• Vick's state dogfighting trial to begin June 27
• Munson: Vick yet to enter drug treatment
The sentence• Vick sent to Kansas to serve rest of sentence
• Vick asked judge for leniency before sentencing
• Vick sentenced to 23 months | Document (pdf)
• Poll: What do you think? | What they're saying
• Clayton: Sentence puts career in jeopardy
• Munson: Tough sentence by displeased judge
• Teammates show support at Falcons game
• Can Vick return to playing in NFL?
• Pasquarelli: No longer top of mind in Atlanta
• Last Vick co-defendant sentenced
• Podcasts : Cossack | Schlereth | Munson/Naqi | Pasquarelli
• Chat wrap: David Cornwell
Post Plea• NFL wants court to reverse Vick bonus ruling
• Victory for Vick: QB can keep $20 million bonus
• Fifth defendant in Vick case receives probation
• Vick's house for sale for $1.1M
• Some Falcons to visit Vick in prison
• PETA unveils new e-card
• Former Virginia estate fails to sell at auction
• Out of Falcons' sight, almost out of mind
• Judge's casework offers look at possible sentence
• Remaining dogs placed with rescue groups
• Source: Feds may push judge to up sentence
• NFLPA argues Vick should not lose roster bonus
• Vick co-defendants get 18, 21 months in prison
• Vick agrees to put up almost $1M for dogs' care
• Vick given April trial date on state charges
• Vick surrenders to begin serving sentence early
• Home at center of Vick dogfighting scandal sold
• Vick fires one of his lawyers in dogfighting case
• Man who sold Vick pit bull pleads guilty
• Man connected to Vick dogfight ring pleads guilty
• Third bank sues Vick, claims he defaulted on loan
• Arbiter: Falcons have right to reclaim bonuses
• PETA: Vick had class on animal cruelty
• Evaluations show 48 of Vick's dogs placeable
• Vick tests positive for marijuana
• Vick supporters turn out for town meeting
• Vick's apology notes fetch $10.2K at auction
Vick's Plea/NFL Suspension• Vick pleads guilty to federal dogfighting charge
• The plea (PDF) | Statement of facts (PDF)
• Vick's statement: Watch it | Read it
• Roger Cossack explains plea deal
• Poll: Vick should be banned
• Va. Tech, Beamer continue to support Vick
• Vick supporters drown out protesters
• NFL suspends Vick indefinitely | Goodell (PDF)
• Chris Mortensen on Vick's suspension
• Vick files plea agreement admitting to dogfighting
Indictment• Marbury's about-face: Vick 'is 100 percent wrong'
• National NAACP: Vick 'not a victim' | Audio
• Atlanta NAACP: Vick should be allowed to return
• Falcons come to terms with 'ex-teammate'
• Vick timeline | What they're saying
• Helyar: Even Atlanta turns against Vick
• Goodell: Vick not overshadowing season
• Vick co-defendant pleads guilty to charges
• Tony Taylor: Summary of Facts | Plea agreement
• Hometown residents stand by Vick
• Falcons had planned to suspend Vick
• Commish tells Vick to avoid camp
• Vick indicted | The indictment (pdf) | Civil arrest warrant (pdf)
Town Hall meeting• Town Hall chat wrap: Chadiha
Previous columns/analysis• Munson: Q&A on Vick reporting to prison early
• Munson: Looking at Judge Hudson
• Vick's high school learning lessons
• Bryant: Confounded by race issue
• Munson: Q&A about local indictment
• Munson: Next focus for Vick is length of sentence
• Schlabach: Vick an afterthought on VT campus
• Chadiha: Vick not running from truth
• Hill: Coverage means bigger issues ignored
• Wojciechowski: Pay attention to the fallen star
• Bryant: Vick's plea deal comes with baggage
• Bryant: In failing Vick, NFLPA fails itself
• Munson: Vick plea means surrender
• Forde: Vick's epic fall
• Pasquarelli: Major blow for Falcons
• Chadiha: Lots of lessons to be learned
• Wojciechowski: Punishment with teeth
• Easterbrook: Little sympathy?
• Clayton: Vick's NFL future might be bleak
• E-Ticket: A history of mistrust
• Chadiha: Vick's bad choices
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