Before Troy Vincent started leading an all-star team of executives at the National Football League, the now executive vice president of Football Operations once patrolled the defensive backfield for four storied NFL franchises including the Miami Dolphins (1992-1995), Philadelphia Eagles (1996-2003), Buffalo Bills (2004-2006) and the Washington Redskins (2006).
His decorated career included a career high 47 interceptions, 749 tackles, five straight Pro Bowls appearances and named the 2002 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year.
These days, Vincent is enhancing the rich tradition of the game football through his leadership and years of experiences from the gridiron.
He is the "standard" bearer for the players having the lead voice in the issues of the game. He has become a friend of the Hall, visiting Canton four times this year, and working with President David Baker to have NFL legends work at the Hall of Fame Village.
Vincent was recently honored for his service of the past 20-years educating and engaging men to end gender-based violence. He is awarded with the inaugural Champions of Change award from the University of Colorado-Denver’s Center on Domestic Violence.
The award is granted to pay homage to individuals that have contributed countless hours to effectively change the course and prevent gender-based violence.
Denver’s Center on Domestic Violence works tirelessly to end domestic and sexual violence through various outlets that includes leadership development, educations and community based programs.
In an exclusive interview with CU Denver Today, Vincent is extremely honored and humbled of receiving such an award that strikes dear to his heart.
“The true champions are those who have taken it upon themselves to not stand by, but to make a difference toward ending domestic and sexual violence,” said Vincent. “Every person who cares, who supports a survivor, or the family of a survivor, who lends a helping hand or says a kind and encouraging word, is a champion of change.”
Vincent’s passion and influences to making a difference in the community and educating others about domestic violence prevention, originates from honoring his mother, who is a survivor of domestic abuse.
Vincent will be honored at a banquet at Maggiano’s Little Italy Denver benefiting the Center for Domestic Violence at CU Denver.
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On behalf of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, we honor Vincent’s service, commitment and congratulate him on receiving the Champions of Change Award.