By: Turner of Collin H.R. No. 1592
         WHEREAS, Troy Vincent was born June 8, 1970 in Trenton, New
  Jersey. He grew up in East Trenton then moved to suburban Bucks
  County, Pennsylvania where he attended Pennsbury High School and
  starred in football and track; and
         WHEREAS, Troy's talent on the football field brought him
  several scholarship offers. He chose the University of Wisconsin
  where he started on varsity his freshman year as a defensive back
  and return man; and
         WHEREAS, An impact player, Troy earned a letter all four
  years at Wisconsin. As a sophomore in 1989, he led the Big Ten with a
  15.1 punt return average. As a junior he set new Wisconsin
  single-season and career records for passes broken up. In 1991,
  Troy was voted team captain and MVP. That season he was also named
  Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, set a school record for punt
  return yards, and was honored as an All-American as a senior-the
  school's first since 1987; and
         WHEREAS, In 1992 he entered the NFL Draft and was the seventh
  pick in the first round by the Miami Dolphins. Wearing #23, he
  started at left corner as a rookie and helped the Dolphins reach the
  AFC Championship Game. Miami had a winning record in each of Troy's
  four seasons with the team, and made the playoffs three times.
  During that time, Troy intercepted 14 passes and ranked among the
  team leaders in tackles; and
         WHEREAS, In 1996, Troy signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as
  a free agent. Vincent was a major player in the Eagles' dominant
  defense of the late '90s.  
  He was selected for the Pro Bowl
  consecutively from 1999 to 2003, and was named First-Team All-Pro
  in 2002; and
         WHEREAS, In 1999, Troy tied for the NFL lead in interceptions
  with a total of 7, and in 2001 helped the Eagles get to the NFC
  Championship Game; and
         WHEREAS, In 2004, Vincent agreed to terms with the Buffalo
  Bills, ending a stellar eight-year tenure with Philadelphia. Then
  in 2006 he moved to the Washington Redskins. He retired from the NFL
  following that season and finished with a total of 47 career
  interceptions; and
         WHEREAS, Troy's leadership and success extends well beyond
  the football field to this day. He has served as VP of the NFL Player
  Engagement Organization, Board of Directors for the University of
  Wisconsin Foundation, and the State of New Jersey After 3 Program.
  He has spoken at league-held seminars on the importance of sound
  financial planning and preparing for life after football. He served
  as president of the NFL Players Association and became the first
  active NFL player to serve on the National Board of Directors for
  Pop Warner Little Scholars Football; and
         WHEREAS, In 2010, Vincent also partnered with Feed The
  Children to help families in need, and returned to Pennsbury School
  District in support of the Fuel Up To Play 60 program. Troy Vincent
  recently, Troy was honored with a 2012 Jefferson Award for
  outstanding public service by an athlete, and was elected to the
  Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 84th Texas
  Legislature hereby commend Troy Vincent for his life work and
  recognize him as an honorary Texan; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for Troy Vincent as an expression of high regard by the
  Texas House of Representatives.