Every team in the NFL has made this one mistake, they take a player in the draft that they either see something in, aka the ability to develop them into what they want him to be or the already assume, based on his college playing time that he is going to be a total stud at the next level in the NFL if not immediatly, shortly thereafter. Then the guy shows up and over a period of 2 to 3, maybe even up to 4 to 5 years, plays okay but never really becomes the player that the wanted him to be and they wind up replacing him with a cheaper option or a cheaper draft pick. Then the guy goes onto play for some other team and boom, his talent expolodes. He becomes maybe what his original team had hoped he would be and perhaps so much more.
One player that stands out for me as it realates to our Miami Dolphins is former NFL defensive back Troy Vincent. Troy Vincent was originally drafted by the Miami Dolphins number seven overall in the 1992 draft out of Wisconsin. Troy played for the Dolphins from 1992 until 1995. He then moved on to the Phiadelphia Eagles where he finally hit his stride and became a force on their defense earning five straight appearances to the pro bowl from 1999 to 2003. He was also voted first team All-Pro in 2002, second team All-Pro in 2001 and was the co leader in interceptions during the 1999 season. He holds an NFL Man Of The Year Honor that he won in 2002. Besides the Phins and the Eagles Vincent also went onto play two plus years with the Buffalo Bills from 2004 to part of the 2006 season before ending his career with the then Washington Redskins in 2006.
Vincent as most now know has moved on to even bigger and better things after playing football, holding one of the top postions in the NFL league office as the Executive Vice President of Football Operations. This give Vincent sway over the rules committe and the coaching committe and over the entire group of officials making him probably the most powerful person in the league offices after Roger Goodell. Vincent, already holding a place in the Philadelphia Eagles Hall Of Fame has been a peliminary nominee for the Pro Football Hall Of Fame every year since 2012, his first year of eligability. Like our very own Zach Thomas I suspect that he will eventually find his spot in the Pro-Football HOF where he belongs.
So tonight’s Phinsider Question Of The Day is what other Miami Dolphins ex player do you look back at and think that the team just screwed up and gave up on too early? Some guy who came here with all the promise in the world and then had a lackluster career with the Phins before moving onto another team and blossoming into a top notch player in the NFL.
Sorry, the video is a bit grainy but it gives you and idea of how good/great Vincent was after he moved on-
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