What if Michael Vick were white?

Since the day he was arrested, people have asked. The answer isn't what you think.

Updated: August 25, 2011, 1:53 PM ET
By Touré | ESPN The Magazine

This story appears in the Sept. 5 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

WHEN MICHAEL VICK PLAYS, I see streetball. I don't just mean that sort of football where you have to count to four-Mississippi before you can rush the quarterback, nearly everything breaks down and it's all great fun. I also mean street basketball. Vick's style reminds me of Allen Iverson -- the speed, the court sense, the sharp cuts, the dekes, the swag. In those breathtaking moments when the Eagles QB abandons ...

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