The NFL on Wednesday announced that Troy Vincent was named Executive Vice President of Football Operations.
Vincent replaces Ray Anderson, who stepped down after the 2013 season, after serving as a player and NFL executive for more than 22 years.
“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."
He was the NFLPA President from 2004 to 2008 and most recently joined the NFL to head up player engagement.
Per the league's release, Vincent's "responsibilities include officiating, integrity of the game, on-field discipline, game operations, player personnel, and college relations."
“I am excited and grateful for this opportunity,” Vincent said. “We will emphasize clarity, consistency, and credibility to ensure the highest standards and best practices for our teams and fans. We will work closely with all stakeholders to preserve, innovate, and develop the game. This is about making a great game even better for our generation and future generations."
The NFL also announced that Dave Gardi, currently the NFL VP of Labor Relations and Football Administration, will step into a newly-created position of Senior VP of Football Operations.
"Dave Gardi adds his own unique and broad skill set, including being steeped in the game his entire life as a player and the son of a coach," Goodell said. "Together, Troy and Dave bring strong and talented new leadership to this critical function."