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NFL hires ex-union president Vincent as VP of player development

NEW YORK -- The NFL hired former All-Pro cornerback Troy Vincent as vice president of player development for active players Thursday.

Vincent, who will join the league office Monday, was a five-time Pro Bowl pick who played for the Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins from 1992 to 2006, and he was president of the NFL Players Association for four years until March 2008.

Vincent will oversee a broad array of support programs for players and their families, including the Rookie Symposium, Conduct Management Program and LifeSkills, and he'll work on new programs that will address the needs and concerns of incoming and current NFL players.

"I appreciate this opportunity to continue to be involved in the NFL working with active players and tomorrow's NFL athletes," Vincent said in a statement released by the NFL. "My goal is to assist the NFL in continuing to grow and remain the most respected, admired and successful sports league in the world."

Vincent won the Walter Payton Man of the Year award in 2002 for his community service.

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