Greatest Eagles player to wear No. 23: Troy Vincent

In a new offseason series, Philadelphia Eagles on 247Sports is identifying the best player to ever wear each jersey number in the team’s history.

Troy Vincent was an All-Pro on and off the field for the Philadelphia Eagles. A true representative of the game. 

Now the Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the NFL, Vincent has received plenty of accolades since his days as a dominant NFL cornerback ended. Vincent earned Lifetime of Inspiration Award given during the NFL Super Bowl Gospel Celebration in 2017 along with being named as one of the NFL’s Most Important People by USA Today. 

Vincent was also the recipient of the John Wooten Executive Leadership Award and the Jim Mandich Courage and Commitment Award for his stance on domestic abuse. He also earned the Call to Men Award for Institutional Change for fighting to prevent violence against women. 

Least we forget Vincent was a star on the field during his eight seasons with the Eagles. 

Vincent was the first major defensive free agent to sign with the Eagles, leaving the Miami Dolphins after the 1995 season to come to Philadelphia. 

The Eagles cornerback made an impact in his first season, intercepting Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman in the end zone and lateraling the ball to James Willis for a 104-yard touchdown, the longest interception return in franchise history. The Eagles won that game 31-21 to improve to 7-2 on the year. 

Vincent had three interceptions in each of his first two seasons with the Eagles. He would lead the NFL with seven interceptions in 1999, earning the first of five consecutive Pro Bowl selections. 

Under Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson, Vincent was arguably one of the top-five cornerbacks in football. Vincent earned All-Pro honors from 2000 to 2002 (first team in 2002) while having 20 of his 47 career interceptions from 1999 to 2003. 

The Eagles arguably had the NFL’s best secondary with Vincent, Bobby Taylor, Brian Dawkins leading the way. Each player earned an All-Pro selection in the early 2000s as Philadelphia emerged into a NFL powerhouse, going 46-18 with three NFC East titles and three NFC Championship Game appearances from 2000 to 2003. 

Vincent finished his career fourth in Eagles history with 32 interceptions. He also had 518 tackles and 10 forced fumbles in eight seasons with the Eagles. 

After the Eagles allowed him to walk in free agency, Vincent went on to play three more seasons with the Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins. Vincent finished his 16-year career with 890 tackles, 47 interceptions, and 14 forced fumbles. 

Vincent’s 28 pass deflections in 2001 is still believed to be an Eagles record. He’s also a member of the Eagles 75th Anniversary Team.

Honorable mention: Heath Sherman. Sherman ran for 2,130 yards and 10 touchdowns in five seasons with the Eagles (1989 to 1993). he led the NFL with 5.2 yards per carry in 1992.

All players to wear No. 23 for the Eagles: Paul Cuba, Vince Zizak, Phil Poth, Harry Shaub, Bill Wilson, Zed Coston, Raymond George, William Roffler, Ken Keller, Carl Taseff, Mike McClellan, Claude Crabb, Willie Brown, Harry Jones, Roger Williams, Clifford Brooks, Bob How- ard, Cedrick Brown, Willie Turral, Heath Sherman, Derrick Frazier, Troy Vincent, Ryan Moats, Dimitri Patterson, Dom- inique Rodgers-Cromartie, Patrick Chung, Nolan Carroll, Rodney McLeod.