The NFL Players Association has a new president and the NFL has a new executive vice president of football operations, as offensive lineman Eric Winston was voted into the former position and former cornerback Troy Vincent was appointed to the latter post.
The NFLPA Twitter account announced the news regarding Winston Wednesday:
NFL.com released the following information about Vincent's appointment:
Troy Vincent, who has spent 22 years as an NFL player and executive, has been named NFL executive vice president of football operations, Commissioner Roger Goodell announced today. Commissioner Goodell also appointed Dave Gardi, currently the NFL's vice president of labor relations and football administration, to the newly created position of senior vice president of football operations.
Vincent, the head of NFL Player Engagement since 2010, will oversee all aspects of football operations in the league office with a focus on quality and innovation. His responsibilities will include officiating, integrity of the game, on-field discipline, game operations, player personnel, and college relations. Vincent will serve as a non-voting member of the Competition Committee and supervise development programs for players, coaches, and football executives.
Commissioner Roger Goodell shared some of his thoughts on Vincent and why he believes the former player is an ideal fit for this role:
Troy Vincent brings a uniquely well-rounded perspective to this leadership position. 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.
Winston was voted into his position over two other candidates, free-agent safety Ryan Clark and New Orleans Saints tight end Ben Watson. He takes over for Domonique Foxworth, who wasn't eligible for a second two-year term since he wasn't on a roster to begin last season, according to
After Winston spent six seasons with the Houston Texans, missing only four games during that time, he played for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012 and moved to the Arizona Cardinals last season. He is currently a free agent and is 30 years old.
Congrats to new NFLPA President Eric Winston— Ryan Clark (@Realrclark25) March 19, 2014
Eric Winston is a nice guy and a smart guy. He's also been around NFLPA functions a lot in recent months. Wanted to lead. Now he can.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 19, 2014
Was part of a small meeting with NFLPA officials at the combine, and Eric Winston spoke. Has a very strong, clear grasp of all the issues.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 19, 2014
With those rave reviews, it's hardly surprising that Winston was elected to the position. He has certainly been vocal in supporting his fellow players in the past.
In 2012 he made headlines for publicly ripping the Kansas City fans after they cheered as Matt Cassel was being taken off the field with a head injury.
Now, he'll have to show the same vigor representing players on all 32 teams. Given the reviews of his appointment thus far, it seems he'll do just that.