Philadelphia Eagles' Quarterback Michael Vick Featured on Sports Illustrated Cover

By Bryn Swartz

Michael Vick is featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated, with the headline, “The Enigma: What Michael Vick Tells Us About Ourselves.”

Vick has been featured on the cover several times before. recaps Vick’s selections:

“In August of 2000, he was the centerpiece on the cover with the headline: Mr. Electric: Why Michael Vick Of Virginia Tech Has Sparked A Revolution At Quarterback.

A little more than two years later (Dec. 2002), after Vick had been selected No. 1 overall by the Falcons, he was not the cover story, but a promo at the top read: Michael Vick: Mr. Excitement.

In May of 2003, the magazine listed the 101 most influential minorities in sports. Vick came in a No. 77. He was just short of his 23rd birthday and had led the Falcons to the NFC championship about four months earlier.

In November of 2003, the promo read Waiting for Michael Vick.

And in September of 2004, Vick was the centerpiece again, with the headline: Game On: The NFL Kicks Off And Michael Vick Is Rolling Again.

Another centerpiece for Vick the next summer. In July of 2005, the headline read: I Am A Quarterback: Michael Vick Just Wants A Little Respect.

In a touch of irony, given Vick’s quote above, his brother, Marcus was featured in a promo on the bottom right of the cover in November of 2005 with the headline: Virginia Tech’s Marcus Vick: Little Brother Is Making A Name For Himself.

By June of 2007, things had changed. This time, the promo at the top of the cover had nothing to do with football. It read: Special Report: Dogfighting And Michael Vick.

And finally, in December of 2008, SI ran a photo of Sweet Jasmine, a pit bull rescued from Vick’s property, as its centerpiece. The caption said she had found a happy home. The headline read: Vick’s Dogs: The Good Newz Out Of The Bad Newz Kennels.”

That’s ten times Vick has been on the cover or mentioned on the cover.

Let’s hope that the next one is a picture of him covered in confetti holding a Super Bowl trophy in his hand.

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