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Troy Vincent becomes NFL’s new executive V.P. of football operations

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With Ray Anderson, the NFL’s former executive V.P. of football operations, now the A.D. at Arizona State, the league needed a replacement.

That replacement is former NFL cornerback Troy Vincent.

The league has announced that Vincent has succeeded Anderson in one of the most important positions in the front office, overseeing all of the league’s game operations and, at times, having a direct hand in the imposition of discipline -- especially on non-players.

“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.”

Vincent, who once was believed to be on track to replace Gene Upshaw as executive director of the NFLPA, had a falling out with Upshaw in the months before the Hall of Fame offensive lineman died in 2008, after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. Vincent, who ran for NFLPA executive director in 2009, ruffled some feathers at the players union by taking a job in the league office with the 2011 lockout on the horizon.

Since then, Vincent has thrived in his role as an employee of the NFL. While the NFLPA executive director gig likely will never happen, the 43-year-old Vincent should placed on the short list of candidates to replace Commissioner Roger Goodell, whenever Goodell decides to retire.