Troy was born in Trenton, New Jersey. He grew up in East Trenton then movedto suburban Bucks County, Pennsylvania where he attended Pennsbury High Schooland starred in football and track.
Troy's talent on the football field brought him several scholarship offers.He chose the University of Wisconsin where he started on varsity his freshmanyear as a defensive back and return man.
An impact player, Troy earned a letter all four years at Wisconsin. As asophomore in 1989, he led the Big Ten with a 15.1 punt return average. As ajunior he set new Wisconsin single-season and career records for passes brokenup. In 1991, Troy was voted team captain and MVP. That season he was also namedBig Ten Defensive Player of the Year, set a school record for punt returnyards, and was honored as an All-American as a senior—the school’s first since1987.
In 1992 he entered the NFL Draft and was the seventh pick in the first roundby the Miami Dolphins. Wearing #23, he started at left corner as a rookie andhelped the Dolphins reach the AFC Championship Game. Miami had a winning recordin each of Troy’s four seasons with the team, and made the playoffs threetimes. During that time, Troy intercepted 14 passes and ranked among the teamleaders in tackles.
In 1996, Troy signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as a free agent. Vincentwas a major player in the Eagles' dominant defense of the late '90s. He wasselected for the Pro Bowl consecutively from 1999 to 2003, and was namedFirst-Team All-Pro in 2002.
In 1999, Troy tied for the NFL lead in interceptions with a total of 7, andin 2001 helped the Eagles get to the NFC Championship Game.
In 2004, Vincent agreed to terms with the Buffalo Bills, ending stellareight-year tenure with Philadelphia. Then in 2006 he moved to the WashingtonRedskins. He retired from the NFL following that season and finished with atotal of 47 career interceptions.
Troy’s leadership and success extends well beyond the football field to thisday. He has served as VP of the NFL Player Engagement Organization, Board ofDirectors for the University of Wisconsin Foundation, and the State of NewJersey After 3 Program. He has spoken at league-held seminars on the importanceof sound financial planning and preparing for life after football. He served aspresident of the NFL Players Association and became the first active NFL playerto serve on the National Board of Directors for Pop Warner Little ScholarsFootball.
Troy and his family founded the not-for-profit organization Love Thy Neighbor CommunityDevelopment and Opportunity Corporation. Love Thy Neighbor is committed tocomprehensive community development and strives to build thriving neighborhoodsby creating opportunities for positive social and economic change.
In 2010, Vincent also partnered with Feed The Children to help families inneed, and returned to Pennsbury School District in support of the Fuel Up ToPlay 60 program. Troy Vincent Recently, Troy was honored with a 2012 JeffersonAward for outstanding public service by an athlete, and was elected to thePhiladelphia Eagles Hall of Fame.
Other awards and achievements:
- Sporting News' #1 Good Guy in 2003
- Team Captain the last 13 seasons of his 15 year career
- In 2011, named as one of the Preliminary Nominees for the NFL Hall Of Fame Class of 2012.
- Prestigious NAFCA Image Award (Nov 19 2016)
We salute Troy for his continued involvement both on and off the field!