The Vick factor: risk versus reward

Updated: August 3, 2011, 11:42 AM ET
By Christopher Harris | ESPN.com

There's something Shakespearean about Michael Vick.

He may not be the Chosen One (and heavy hangs the head who wears that crown, eh, LeBron?), but for a long time in the late 1990s and early 2000s Vick certainly seemed like a Chosen One. He was raised in hardscrabble Newport News, Va., in a crime-riddled public housing project, and dreamed of athletics as a way out. He threw for more than 400 yards in one game as a high school freshman, and later had a nine-TD high school game. In ...

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