Troy Vincent, who previously spent 22 years as an NFL player and executive, was named NFL executive vice president of football operations by Commissioner Roger Goodell on March 19, 2014. Vincent, the head of NFL Player Engagement since 2010, oversees all aspects of football operations in the league office with a focus on quality and innovation. His responsibilities include officiating, integrity of the game, on-field discipline, game operations, player personnel, and college relations. Vincent also serves as a non-voting member of the Competition Committee and supervises development programs for players, coaches, and football executives.
Vincent was a first-round draft choice of the Miami Dolphins in 1992. A cornerback from the University of Wisconsin, Vincent played 15 years in the NFL for the Dolphins , Eagles, Bills, and Redskins. He was named a Pro Bowl player five times and was the 2002 winner of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award for his outstanding community service. Vincent served as president of the NFL Players Association from 2004-2008.
He joined the NFL office in 2010 to lead the league's player engagement department, which provides support programs for players and their families. Vincent significantly expanded the scope of services for current and former players and their families. Promoted to senior vice president in 2013, he has recruited more than 200 NFL former players as ambassadors to help implement the department's programs.
In addition to the Payton Man of the Year Award, during his NFL playing career Vincent received the NFLPA Byron "Whizzer" White, Sporting News #1 Good Guy, and Athletes in Action Bart Starr awards for his community service. He is the only NFL player ever to receive all four of these awards.
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