There was a day spent behind the walls of Leavenworth federal prison that Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick will never forget.
April 26, 2008. His mother's 45th birthday. The anniversary of his grandmother's death.
And then there was this: It was the day the Atlanta Falcons would draft quarterback Matt Ryan to replace him.
"I remember it vividly," Vick told a roomful of rookies at the NFL's Rookie Symposium on Monday. "Can you imagine what that was like? My heart is in football. I love football. I love the game. It's what I was born to do."
But then, on an April day during which he was already emotionally gassed, he watched as the NFL left him behind because of his severe transgressions.
Vick's seminar was entitled "Are You Bigger Than the Game?" Vick's story served as a resounding answer to that question.
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