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Marcus Vick Fades Into Anonymity

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The younger brother of a celebrity - whether it be in sports, music or movies - always is in the tough position of having to live up to expectations.

Marcus Vick, younger brother of former Virginia Tech and current Philadelphia Eagles star quarterback Michael Vick, didn’t handle them very well.

A star high school QB from Newport News, VA - the same description that befit his brother - Marcus followed Michael’s path to Virginia Tech, where he arrived with much fanfare in 2002.

No, Marcus Vick would not be “The Next Vick.” Instead, he became the poster boy for problem quarterbacks thanks to a drug arrest, a host of traffic violations, poor on-field behavior and even contributing to the delinquency of a minor during his college career.

He was suspended from both the team and university in 2004 before returning for the 2005 season. He returned to lead the Hokies to an 11-2 record in 2005 but just when it appeared Marcus would live up to the hype,  he stomped on the leg of Louisville’s Elvis Dumervil during the 2006 Gator Bowl to earn permanent banishment by the Hokies.

His reported reaction? “… I’ll just move on to the next level, baby.”

The next level for Marcus was a one-year stint - mostly on the practice squad - with the Miami Dolphins as a wide receiver and emergency quarterback in 2006, the same year that he went undrafted. He appeared in one game and did not record a reception.

The younger Vick has not returned to pro football since the Dolphins did not renew his contract after his cameo. He hasn’t been heard from in the last five years - except, of course, for additional brushes with the law.

Days after he was booted at Virginia Tech in early 2006, Marcus was hit with a misdemeanor gun charge. He then was pinched for a DUI, eluding police and driving on the wrong side of the road in 2008, for which he eventually was sent to jail the following year after reportedly violating the terms of his probation during his suspended sentence.

Then came a shooting at Michael’s 30th birthday party in June of 2010, which was thrown by Marcus at a Virginia Beach club. Reports surfaced that Marcus was involved in the gunplay that reportedly landed Quanis Phillips, a co-defendant in Michael’s 2007 dogfighting case, in the hospital. Marcus denied any involvement and was never charged or linked to the shooting by police.

Luckily Michael Vick - with well-documented legal problems of his own - has been Marcus’ support system.

The elder Vick has been able to bounce back from his off-the-field problems and presumably has been able to provide for Marcus thanks to the $100 million contract - $40 million of which is guaranteed money - that Michael inked with the Eagles last August.

So what is Marcus doing now? He’s currently listed as living in Lithonia, GA, and working to start V7, LLC, which will be Michael Vick’s official brand. Think Michael Jordan’s Jumpman 23 - but featuring two brothers, Marcus and Michael, who have a lot of work to do before they can gain the worldwide respect that Jordan has earned for himself.

It will also help if Vick regains his 2010 Pro Bowl form instead of the player who threw for 18 touchdowns and turned the ball over 17 times this fall.

Marcus, still just 27, can now be found on Twitter, where he is very active under the handle MVFive after his old jersey number. There he acts as his brother’s personal hype man, pushes the business ventures Michael is involved in such as Muscle Pharm and Core Synergy and also tweets a lot about his two-year old daughter. It’s been a year-and-a-half since the birthday party debacle and Marcus has stayed out of the police blotter since his jail stint in 2009.

Time will tell if Marcus Vick has truly changed his life but now removed from football and the spotlight he apparently couldn’t handle, it appears he is much better off in the background.

 
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