NFL News of August 21, 2003

Anybody who has watched Troy Vincent through the first month of training camp and during the Eagles’ first two preseason games can come to only one conclusion.

At 32 years old and after 11 NFL seasons, the man remains an elite cornerback.

During the Eagles’ preseason victory at Pittsburgh on Saturday, Vincent laid a sinus-clearing hit on Steelers receiver Hines Ward near the end of the first quarter.

Three days ago, in a live hitting session at the NovaCare Complex, he cracked teammate Freddie Mitchell with a similar hit, forcing a fumble.

He is playing like a man on a mission. But, truth is, he is on two separate missions.

His ultimate goal is to win the Super Bowl, something he has never done.

Circumstances have created his other goal. Like holdout running back Duce Staley and fellow cornerback Bobby Taylor, he is in the final year of his contract with the Eagles. And like those two, he would love to get an extension and remain with the Eagles.

—Bob Brookover, The Philadelphia Inquirer “Vincent acknowledges slim chance of staying with Eagles”

Vincent signed a free-agent contract with the Buffalo Bills following the 2003 season, eventually moving to free safety. He was placed on IR for the 2006 season, but eventually released and signed by the Washington Redskins in October of 2006. He retired following the 2006 season. He has served as the senior vice president of the NFL Player Engagement Organization since 2010.

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