The view from within

How 548 days in prison shaped Michael Vick

Updated: August 26, 2011, 3:17 PM ET
By Seth Wickersham | ESPN The Magazine

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

JANUARY 2008, 17 MONTHS TO GO. Michael Vick arrives at Leavenworth in time for lunch. He's led by guards to a small cafeteria and left alone, inmate No. 33765-183. A few days earlier, word passed quickly through this Kansas federal prison that Vick would be serving the remainder of his 23-month sentence for dogfighting conspiracy here, making him the most famous athlete ever to pass through its doors. Vick doesn't ...

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