Former top pick Vick retires after turbulent career (AFP)

Former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, a top draft pick whose career crashed with his conviction on charges related to dog fighting, declared Friday that he is officially retired. Vick’s announcement came some 24 hours before his former team takes on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 51 in Houston, Texas. Vick was the number one overall draft selection in 2001, but his tenure in Atlanta ended in disgrace when he was arrested for his role in a dog fighting ring and spent 21 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy charges.