A National Football League vice president with ties to Tiffin is to make several appearances in the area next week.
Troy Vincent, vice president for active player development in the NFL and a former NFL player, is to meet with Tiffin University students and make stops at Good Morning World, Cool Solutions and After Five Nov. 18.
Vincent, who lives in the Washington, D.C., area, had been taking online courses through TU, and his upcoming visit is to mark his first time on the Tiffin campus.
Vincent was a first-round and seventh overall draft pick from the University of Wisconsin. He played for Miami, Philadelphia, Buffalo and Washington and was a perennial All-Pro player during a 15-year NFL career, according to information from TU.
He also had served as president of the NFL Players Association for four years.
Vincent received a bachelor's degree from Thomas Edison State College and studied urban and regional planning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also has completed education and advanced business degree programs through Harvard University, Stanford University, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and Wharton Executive Education at the University of Pennsylvania, according to TU.
Bonnie Tiell, TU's NCAA faculty representative and chairwoman of the master's degree in business administration program, said Vincent was exploring master's degree in business administration programs. TU was on his shortened list. After a conversation with Vincent and his wife, who was doing research for him, TU officials evidently sold Vincent on what they can offer him at TU, she said.
Vincent had been taking online classes through TU's master's in business administration degree program for sports management part-time. He is not taking a class now but probably will take another course in January, Tiell said.
"I was one of his professors for the course in sport communication and fundraising," she said.
After enrolling at TU, Vincent became the NFL's vice president for active player development. Tiell said he works with active players on anything from continuing education to retirement plans to management issues.
Tiell said he is polished, knowledgeable and down-to-earth, and she is impressed with the depth of his expertise in the NFL industry. It always is a pleasure to talk to him, she said.
Michael Grandillo, TU's vice president for development and public affairs, said during Good Morning World, Vincent is going to offer great insight about the NFL and the concerns and challenges it faces. He said he appreciates what Tiell has done to get to know Vincent personally, and she does a good job of networking with her professional colleagues in the sports management profession.