ESPN Films is looking back at the career of controversial former NFL quarterback Michael Vick in the upcoming two-part documentary “Vick,” part of its 30 for 30 sports history docuseries.
Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Stanley Nelson (Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool; Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities), the documentary traces the athlete’s rise as a college football phenomenon and then number one overall draft pick of the Atlanta Falcons.
Vick (pictured), who first emerged as a high school football star in Newport News, Virginia, went from being one of the most popular players in the NFL to an ostracized public figure after he was convicted of illegal dog fighting in 2007.
“As a historical documentary filmmaker, I was interested in placing Michael Vick’s life within larger historical narratives – narratives about race and sports, poverty and power, and about the criminal justice system,” Nelson said in a statement. “In the film, we get to see how Vick’s childhood affects the choices he makes, as well as how these larger social forces shape his trajectory. I hope that viewers of the film can gain a fuller understanding of the social context that gave rise to Vick’s story, as well as its reverberating impact.”
ESPN will premiere part one on Jan. 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT and part two on Feb. 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
(Photo courtesy of ESPN)