Ex-Pro Bowler hired as development VP

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

Vincent, who will join the league office on February 22, was a five-time Pro Bowler who played for Miami, Philadelphia, Buffalo and Washington and was president of the NFL Players Association for four years until March 2008.

He will oversee a broad array of support programs for players and their families, including the Rookie Symposium, Conduct Management Program and LifeSkills, and will 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 from 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.