Michael Vick, one the greatest sports figures in Virginia Tech history, will be among the hall of fame inductees at the university this year.
Vick, joined by basketball’s Zabian Dowdell, baseball’s Tim Buheller, softball’s Megan Evans and football’s Ben Taylor, will be honored for his vast athletic accomplishments in late September, enshrined as one of the all-time greats.
The Hokies quarterback ran rampant in 1999, leading Virginia Tech to an 11-0 regular season and a national championship game berth. He did it both with his left arm and his feet, wreaking havoc on opposing defenses as the epitome of a dual-threat quarterback. Vick threw for 2,065 yards and 13 touchdowns in 1999, rushing for 682 yards and nine touchdowns.
The Atlanta Falcons took him with the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft. He played 13 pro seasons for four teams, throwing for 22,462 yards and 133 touchdowns. He set NFL records for rushing yards by a quarterback in a season with 1,039 and a career with 6,109.
He did, however, have a big mark on his career: a 19-month prison term on dogfighting charges from 2007-09. He resumed his football career after his release, playing with the New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Vick recently signed a one-day contract with Atlanta to retire as a Falcon.
The class will be honored during a dinner on Friday, Sept. 22, before being introduced the following day during Virginia Tech’s game against Old Dominion.