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After signing a 10 year, $130 million deal with the Falcons, quarterback Michael Vick is indicted on federal conspiracy charges involving operating an elaborate dog-fighting ring. Vick pleads guilty later in the year and is sentenced to 23 months in federal prison.
Barry Bonds, abhorred by fans for his alleged steroid use, hits home run No. 756, breaking Hank Aaron's all-time record.
The New England Patriots
In what became known as "Spygate," New England coach Bill Belichick is caught stealing signals from the New York Jets after former defensive coordinator Eric Mangini blows the whistle. Belichick is fined 500,000, and the team is fined $250,000. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell also strips a first-round draft pick as a penalty -- a first in NFL history.
Tim Tebow becomes the first player in college football history to rush for at least 20 touchdowns and throw for another 20 in the same season. He also becomes the first sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy.
The Mitchell Report
The Mitchell Report is released. The 409-page report from former Sen. George Mitchell documents baseball's steroid era, with mentions of more than 80 players -- seven of whom were former MVPs, including Barry Bonds, Miguel Tejada and Roger Clemens.