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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Worthy Publishing; 1st Printing edition (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617950696
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617950698
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Finally Free tells an amazing story. It's not all pretty, but it's real. This book will let you know why I'm so proud of Michael Vick and honored to call him a friend. --Tony Dungy

About the Author

MICHAEL VICK is the quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles. The 2010 season was the most prolific of his career, earning him a start in the Pro Bowl and cementing his comeback in football. Prior to joining the Eagles, Michael played for the Atlanta Falcons (from 2001-2006), the team that originally chose him first overall in the 2001 NFL draft.
 
BRETT HONEYCUTT is the managing editor of Sports Spectrum magazine, a national faith-based sports publication that has been around for more than 27 years. Prior to taking his current position, he worked for The Charlotte Observer for 16 years (six years as a freelance writer and 10 years on staff). Brett is a graduate of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, and is from Charlotte, North Carolina.
 
STEPHEN COPELAND is the editor of Sports Spectrum's digital magazine and a columnist at Sports Spectrum magazine, a national-faith based sports publication. He recently coauthored The Jersey Effect with former Indianapolis Colts punter Hunter Smith. Stephen graduated from Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana, and is from Plainfield, Indiana.

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Michael Vick is the quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles. The 2010 season was the most prolific of his career, earning him a start in the Pro Bowl and cementing his comeback in football. Prior to joining the the Eagles, Michael played for the Atlanta Falcons (from 2001-2006), the team that originally chose him first overall in the 2001 NFL draft.

Customer Reviews

I expected a deeper more detailed book.
kymill
The book alone makes you want to forgive and forget, but when you keep in mind his real-life actions and responses, it just leaves a bad taste in your mouth.
Robert Ashmore
If God is the pilot of your life the choices you make will have a positive impact on you as well as others.
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37 of 51 people found the following review helpful By LW on March 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
"As the little red dog lay on the ground fighting for air, Quanis Phillips grabbed its front legs and Michael Vick grabbed its hind legs. They swung the dog over their head like a jump rope then slammed it to the ground. The first impact didn't kill it. So Phillips and Vick slammed it again. The two men kept at it, alternating back and forth, pounding the creature against the ground, until at last, the little red dog was dead."

That is the work of a sociopath, not a human. This book was so poorly written I couldn't get through it. Tried to give him the benefit of the doubt to see if he had anything new to add but no, he spends his time trying to divert your attention. He doesn't regret what he did, he regrets getting caught. He didn't go to jail for animal abuse, he went for running a fighting operation. If you want the real story of the dogs and a glimpse of the monster that inhabits the body of Vick then read Jim Gorant's "Lost Dogs".

And why is he even writing this? He isn't old enough to do an autobiography, what is he "finally free" of? Probation? Fines paid? Did BADRAP or Best Friends ever get fully paid for taking and rehabbing his former dogs? And "what portion" goes to what rescue groups? He hired a PR team to help rehab his image but the only way they could do that was manipulate him like a puppet. He's on some sort of 10 year plan to "make things right" which included tripe like this. The only problem is you can't rehab someone with no soul. He sold his long ago and is trying to get us to believe he got it back. Doesn't work that way. Let's hope when Karma finds him she's a total bitch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kay A. Hewlett on February 4, 2014
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I am an animal lover who had a major dislike towards Michael Vick after the dog fighting charges. I was fearful that the book would be difficult for me to read considering the subject matter. But I had the desire to hear his story, and now I have an understanding of who Michael Vick was--and is now. His childhood had a profound impact on his life and the choices he made. He became a pro football player at a very young age, making a lot of money that he did not know how to handle. Thanks to his grandmother and his mom he had a Christian foundation that, when things got tough for him, he could fall back on. That foundation helped to get him back on the right path and realize his sinful ways.
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23 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Chris L on March 21, 2013
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I've read a lot of autobiographies lately and this one is by far the worst. At no point does he go into any real details, skips over facts and just gives generalizations of what he was doing. There is no mention of drug use thru the first few chapters, but then he is mad he cant get into the drug program in prison? How about explaining WHY you should be in the program and what you were doing. Come clean with what you did. The chapter on dog fighting spends more time saying what he did was wrong and says nothing about what he did. Just writing "i made mistakes" doesnt explain anything. My 4 year old explains things better.

Bottomline is dont bother with this book. It is boring, has no emotion and feels like a publicity stunt more than anything. If you want to read a GREAT book about downfall and redemption checkout Duff McKagan's book.
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68 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Reader on March 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book has a very misleading title. While Michael Vick may legally be "finally free," morally he can never be excused for torturing and killing animals in his care for fun & profit. In his own words he describes how he sought forgiveness in the Lord & how he made "poor choices." Poor choices would be something akin to say, abusing drugs or alcohol, hanging around with the wrong crowd, not paying your bills on time, but when you consciously choose to breed a dog then starve that dog to the point where it will look to kill anything around it & then feed that dog puppies to ensure its' taste for blood & then turn that dog on another to watch them fight to the death, that is not a "poor choice," that is sociopathic behavior. When you add to that the idea that he could not only watch, but place bets & howl with laughter as two dogs ripped each other to pieces, please explain to me how that was just a "poor choice?" Was it also a "poor choice" for him to hang dogs who failed to perform & then throw their bodies in a hole?

Buying this book buys into the idea that Vick just somehow "made a mistake" by training animals to kill each other. Let's all "finally be free" of Vick & his excuses.
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37 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Bebecurlily on March 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book is nothing more than his continuous PR campaign to make people sympathize for him despite the fact that he brutally tortured hundreds of dogs, including family pets that were stolen from neighboring communities to be used as bait for the killer dogs. He poured acid on them, electrocuted them, slammed them against the concrete until their heads exploded and fell apart in a bloody mess. How can anyone want to give this man more money?
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33 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Snow Queen on March 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Anyone who buys this book is saying they support the behavior of this man. I THOUGHT it was illegal to profit off a felony crime....100% of the profits from this book should be going to animal rescue. DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK.
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74 of 110 people found the following review helpful By Mike60 on February 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I gave this one star only because it required. First did he profit on this book? Or did he donate his earnings to animal protection organizations? But since everyone seems to feel compelled to give it 5 stars, read LOST DOGS. And as per the author, Vick really never showed remorse when that was written. Who cares about his life from football star to animal killer, to Football "star?" again. What he did to his dogs is unforgivable end of story. If it was anyone else, they would still be in jail. I was an Eagles fan, but no longer. Vick is a stain on that team, or was the Eagles the only team that wanted him? So while I can't wait to see the responses to my review, my response will be read LOST DOGS.
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