Zero-sum game

Michael Vick mishandled his money and went bankrupt. Unfortunately, he won't be the last NFL player to do so.

Updated: August 25, 2011, 3:53 PM ET
By Elena Bergeron | ESPN The Magazine

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

HE WILL HAVE TO BE RICH when he grows up. Brenda Vick thought that about her oldest son, Michael, as far back as when he was 13. "Ookie" -- she can hardly remember to call him Michael -- had just started earning money painting apartment complexes with her brother Casey and would stick the majority of it under his mattress, saving for a new Polo shirt or the Jordans she couldn't afford. The rest of his earnings he'd ...

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