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Troy Vincent was the first Badger football superstar of the Barry Alvarez era at Wisconsin and he went on to a professional career that was equally successful.
Vincent, a native of Trenton, N.J., was a first-team All-American, runner-up for the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back and was named Big Ten co-Defensive Player of the Year in 1991. An outstanding return man, as well, Vincent set the school record for career punt return yards. He was an early standout for the Badgers during Alvarez's rebuilding of the program in the early 1990s.
Vincent was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the first round (seventh overall) of the 1992 NFL Draft. He was a member of the NFL's All-Rookie team in 1992. Vincent was later traded to the Philadelphia Eagles and went on to become a five-time Pro Bowl selection. The Sporting News named him its “Good Guy in Sports” for his community service work in 2000 and 2001. He was the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2002.
Vincent started 200 games in his NFL career, finishing with 47 regular-season and four playoff interceptions. He finished his career in Buffalo and Washington and is a past president of the NFLPA.