Not often is the NFL looked at as a family, what with concussion lawsuits and lockouts.
Troy Vincent is trying to change that through the league's player engagement initiatives, including its new ''Legends Program'' and a series of homecomings for former players.
It's something the former All-Pro cornerback is passionate about. A one-time president of the NFL Players Association and now the league's senior vice president of player engagement, Vincent oversees a myriad of programs open to anyone who spent even just a training camp in an NFL uniform.
''It's to celebrate the accomplishment of you being here, whether you were a starter or a nonstarter, had a 15-year career or just a short while in the league,'' Vincent told The Associated Press. ''It's irrelevant how long it was, you represented the sideline.''
Vincent and his NFL department are reaching out to former players, establishing a database for where they are and what they are doing. Already, more than 1,150 names have bee...