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Through the Eyes Of Marcus Vick

Marcus Vick does not sound like you might expect him to.

His  public image is in such bad shape, you’re almost anticipating this snarly voice to snap at you when answer the phone; some one-dimensional character that fits with our understanding of the man, which has been cobbled together from newspaper clippings and Wikipedia entries and of course, Twitter outbursts.

What we found in our recent hour-long conversation with Marcus was something completely different. He was measured and he was thoughtful and he was reflective. He didn’t give any impression that he lacked a moral compass — only the ability to stay consistently true to it.

Now 29 years old, Marcus has been sitting shotgun for the entirety of his brother’s  journey. Whether it be a limousine or a jail cell, he has been by Mike’s side. That makes his perspective a unique and important one. From the humble beginnings to his brother’s meteoric rise; from the devastating fall to the climb towards maturity and respectability, this is how it has all looked through the eyes of Marcus Vick.

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