Tonight at 9pm EST, Michael Vick's much anticipated 30 for 30 will air part one on ESPN! The documentary will take an all-encompassing dive into the rise, fall, and return of the supreme athlete. Vick went from starring at Virginia Tech, to becoming the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft of the Atlanta Falcons, to being involved in a dog-fighting ring, to his return with the Eagles, and now being a commentator. The 30 for 30 documentary will be shown over a course of two nights, with Part Two airing on next Thursday, February 6th.
The documentary was directed by Stanley Nelson, a renowned filmmaker, who begins with Vick's dominance as a 757-area high school football star in Newport News, VA at Warrick High School. He was a three-year starter, passing for 4,846 yards with 43 touchdowns and had 1,048 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns on the ground.
Nelson said, "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. 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.” Nelson's other noteworthy, award-winning works include Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities.
You can catch the documentary on ESPN tonight and both episodes will be available on ESPN+ on February 7th. This is nothing to miss; Allen Iverson called Michael Vick the "Football version of me." This is going to be an electrifying and enlightening documentary. TUNE IN PEOPLE!!!