Rumor: Michael Vick broke both legs in car accident

Quarterback Michael Vick, #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles, looks to pass against the Detroit Lions during a game at Lincoln Financial Field.

Did the infamous Philadelphia Eagles quarterback shatter both his legs in a car accident, effectively ending his career?

FALSE: Another easily debunked Internet hoax

Sports fans at large — and Philadelphia Eagles fans especially — have every reason to follow Michael Vick as he continues his career comeback from prison time and general infamy. But did that comeback screech to a halt by way of a bad accident?

According to the Global Associated News, Vick broke both of his legs in a car accident in Philadelphia. The story said that the accident involved a 76-year-old female driving a 2010 Audi who ran a red light and collided with Vick's 2012 BMW.

Global Associated News writes: "He has been transported via ambulance to a local Philadelphia hospital for treatment, and the full extent of his injuries are not known at this time, however, both of his legs were visibly broken and not life threatening according to sources."

As it turns out, the story is 100 percent false. And it’s not the only story of its kind to hit the web and go viral. Less than two weeks ago, a very similar story about Peyton Manning made its rounds on the Internet, but turned out to be completely false.  

Yahoo Sports writes: "Hoaxes are nothing new in sports; virtually every league has a tale of a draft pick who turned out to be a complete concoction. … At its heart, this isn't about subverting the media or upsetting fans and loved ones or anything like that. It's about messing with people, plain and simple. And even though the text in the 'news report' is laughable, it convinces that distressingly large segment of the population that believes anything it reads on the Internet."

So Eagles fans can rest easy … it looks like the only thing still on the mend with Vick is his image.

 

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