Long before Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie or Patrick Chung underperformed (to say the least) while wearing the number 23 in midnight green, a key member of the Eagles secondary rocked the number 23. From 1996 to 2003, Troy Vincent dawned the 23, and with the help of Bobby Taylor, formed one of the most lethal cornerback duos in the NFL. Vincent’s perfect mix of hard-hitting, solid coverage, and the ability to force a turnover made him a key part of the early 2000′s secondary that was key in the Eagles ascension to the NFC’s elite class. However, in 2014, it’s a different type of turnover that Vincent is involved in.
Given that former NFL Executive Vice President of football operations Ray Anderson accepted the position of Arizona State athletic director back in January, the NFL has named Vincent to that same position.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke on the decision earlier today.
“Troy Vincent brings a uniquely well-rounded perspective to this leadership position,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said. “He knows the game inside out from the locker room to the board room. He has done an exceptional job growing services to our players and former players, and he is ready and eager to lead our football operations group. Troy’s passion for education, personal development, and innovation will bring a new vitality and vision to our football group.”
The former Eagles’ captain takes this position after serving as the president of the NFL players association through early 2008, and having been the Senior Vice President of NFL Player Engagement since February 2010.