Former NFL defensive back, current NFL Vice President of Player Engagement Troy Vincent is famous for many things: a captain, an NFLPA leader, a stud cornerback, and a consummate pro.
He is not, however, famous for being a Redskins player, unless you were to ask the 2006 Cowboys. They probably remember him quite well.
Vincent was recently bestowed with the Jefferson Award, given for Outstanding Service by an athlete. Now in its 40th year, the award has been likened to the Nobel prize for community service, and former winners include General Colin Powell, Oprah Winfrey, Sandra Day O’Connor and Peyton Manning.
I’m not sure how Powell, O’Connor and Oprah count as athletes, but I don’t make the rules.
Troy and his wife Tommi founded Love Thy Neighbor, a community development corporation in their hometown of Trenton, N.J. which has awarded nearly $500,000 in college scholarships to inner-city students and in 2011 assisted more than 850 families with life necessities.
Vincent was also the first active NFL player to serve on the National Board of Directors for Pop Warner Little Scholars Football. The All Pro Dad organization, led by Tony Dungy, relies on Vincent as one of its top spokesmen.
At the NFL, Troy oversees NFL Player Engagement which assists players in reaching their highest potential on and off-the-field with guidance, support, and resources provided before, during, and after their NFL experiences.
Congratulations to Vincent, and the award couldn’t be given to a better guy. For those of you desiring a bit of Redskins-Cowboys nostalgia, here’s the Nov. 5, 2006 game against the Cowboys, with one of the wildest finishes in NFL history. Check out No. 23 at the 2:00 mark: