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The Philadelphia Eagles and Donovan McNabb played a significant part in Michael Vick’s redemption story and on Thursday night, ESPN will detail that relationship.

“Vick” takes a deep dive into each chapter of the dynamic quarterback’s life, starting with his meteoric rise from poverty in Virginia to superstardom at Virginia Tech.

“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,” said director Nelson. “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.”

Vick’s NFL career came to a screeching halt in 2007 after he pleaded guilty for his involvement in running that dogfighting ring and sentenced to 21 months in federal prison.

Vick was released by the Falcons shortly before leaving prison and after his release was signed by the Eagles in 2009 with the help of Donovan McNabb.

While a member of the Eagles and able to learn under the tutelage of Andy Reid, Vick has his best passing season as a pro, resurrecting his career and being named to his fourth Pro Bowl in 2010.

The following offseason, the Eagles gave Vick a $100 million deal, and the rest is history.

“Vick,” a two-part “30 for 30” documentary from filmmaker Stanley Nelson is set to air Thursday with part 2 set to premiere on February 6.

Michael Vick ‘30 for 30’: ESPN set to air two-part documentary on former Eagles QB

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