The suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback (could have been!) sentenced up to five years by U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson. Vick, who turned himself in Nov. 19 in anticipation of his sentence, was wearing a black-and-white striped prison suit.
After Vick apologized to the court and his family, Hudson told him: "You need to apologize to the millions of young people who looked up to you."
"Yes, sir," Vick answered.
The 27-year-old acknowledged using "poor judgment" and added, "I'm willing to deal with the consequences and accept responsibility for my actions."
"He did more than fund it," Gill said, referring to the "Bad Newz Kennels'' dogfighting operation. "He was in this thing up to his neck with the other defendants."
Although there is no parole in the federal system, rules governing time off for good behavior could reduce Vick's prison stay by about three months, resulting in a summer 2009 release.