Philadelphia Eagles: 30 greatest players in franchise history
By John Buhler
Some football fans might now him today as the executive vice president of football operations for the NFL. For others, Troy Vincent was an outstanding cornerback for the Eagles in his prime from the late 1990s to the early 200s. Vincent starred collegiately for the Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten. He went No. 7 overall in the 1992 NFL Draft to the Miami Dolphins.
After four seasons in South Florida, Vincent would make his way to the City of Brotherly Love via free agency. It was with the Eagles that Vincent began to build his NFL football legacy. Though he was certainly a solid defensive back with Miami in his early 20s and with the Eagles in his mid 20s, Vincent didn’t tap into all his NFL goodness until his late 20s in Philadelphia.
Vincent would rattle off five straight trips to the Pro Bowl from 1999 to 2003. This all coincided with the beginning of the Donovan McNabb/Andy Reid quarterback/head coach partnership with the Eagles. Don’t let anyone fool you; those early Reid Eagles teams were an absolute menace defensively and Vincent was a huge part of that. In 1999, Vincent led the league interceptions. He would make the All-Pro second team in 2001. His best season came in 2002 when Vincent was a first-team All-Pro and won the Walter Payton Man of the Year award.
Vincent made his fifth and final Pro Bowl in 2003. In 2004, he would sign with the Buffalo Bills in free agency. He played in the NFL through the 2006 NFL season split between the Bills and Tampa Bay Buccaneers before retiring. Vincent is a member of the Eagles Hall of Fame. In eight years with the Eagles, he had 422 tackles, 94 assists, 36 pass breakups, 28 interceptions, 10 forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and 4.5 quarterback sacks.