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In Week 9 of the 2013 season,
First Eagle To Wear No. 23: T Paul Cuba (1933-35)
Most Recent Eagle To Wear No. 23: S Patrick Chung (2013)
In The Eagles Encyclopedia, written by Ray Didinger and Robert S. Lyons, there is a ranking of the five best free agent acquisitions that the Eagles have ever made. At the top of the list is someone who didn’t play football until his senior season of high school, yet now holds one of the top executive positions in the NFL- Troy Vincent.
In 1996, the Eagles signed Vincent away from the Miami Dolphins. Eight seasons and five Pro Bowl appearances later, it seems as though Vincent was worth the contract. Playing in the same secondary as safety Brian Dawkins and cornerback Bobby Taylor, Vincent was became an elite cornerback, capable of handling any receiver one-on-one. Vincent intercepted 28 passes as an Eagle, which ranks seventh in team history. He was also one half of a 104-yard interception return against the Cowboys in 1996. James Willis intercepted a pass 4 yards deep in the Eagles’ end zone, ran it out 14 yards and then pitched the ball back to Vincent who went the remaining 90 yards for an Eagles touchdown.
A constant professional, Vincent was the president of the NFL Players Association from 2004-08, and has taken on an even bigger roles ever since. Since 2010, he had been the head of NFL Player Engagement, but on March 19, Vincent was named the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations.
“Troy Vincent brings a uniquely well-rounded perspective to this leadership position," Commissioner Roger Goodell said."He knows the game inside out from the locker room to the board room. He has done an exceptional job growing services to our players and former players, and he is ready and eager to lead our football operations group. Troy's passion for education, personal development, and innovation will bring a new vitality and vision to our football group.”