Op-Ed Buffalo News: Another Voice~ Flag football is truly inclusive

As a National Football League executive, it’s been remarkable having a front-row seat to flag football’s explosion. Flag has grown to 20 million players in more than 100 countries because it’s truly inclusive. The sport opens participation to women, people with disabilities, the young and old, and our neighbors who may struggle to afford tackle equipment. It’s football for all.


january 31, 2023

Op-Ed: Building a winner means committing to NFL's equitable hiring practices

Each club in the National Football League has one goal: to be the best.

Getting there takes a relentless commitment to excellence, a constant and ongoing evaluation of how to improve.


january 19, 2023

Op-Ed: Their causes, their impact: Player-led initiatives are a multiplying force for good

Brandon Marshall couldn't have known it at the time.

Back in October 2013, when he decided to wear lime-green cleats for Mental Health Awareness Week during a prime-time game, realizing he'd probably be fined for a uniform violation, Marshall set in motion an unstoppable force for good.

That moment sparked what would become My Cause My Cleats.


December 8, 2022

Why Wait? Strike Now, Get Results

While procrastination might relieve the pressure of the moment, over the long-term it can have negative consequences.


December 2, 2022

Choosing Positivity

There have been times when in my life where a discouraging word or tone caused me to think negatively, set my day on the wrong track. There have been times when one person’s attitude and body posture has pulled down an entire team. Think about how much stronger each of us are when someone exhibits a positive attitude or says an encouraging word.


november 11, 2022


How we manage and care for the what has been entrusted to us will reflect our values. Stewardship is learned by what we see practiced and valued. It reflects our long-term thinking both professionally and personally.


October 31, 2022

Service is A Choice

We can look at examples in our community of service. We have seen the dedication and selflessness of first responders—doctors, nurses, EMTs, soldiers, educators, and men and women of law enforcement. We honor their service. But it shouldn’t stop at their doorsteps.


October 14, 2022

Op-Ed: Flag is football's future -- and it belongs in the Olympics

These next words may surprise you.

Flag is the future of football. Before you run out of the room screaming, try to hear me out...


October 10, 2022

Growing the game — and giving back — through NFL Africa Initiative

Football is for everyone. The benefits of football are undeniable, and the character-building aspects of the sport have never been up for debate. We want to bring those advantages — so many of which I experienced by participating in the sport — to Africa’s boys and girls.


july 13, 2022

Op-Ed: The Power of Networking in the NFL

At the Spring League Meeting in May, networking will be the centerpiece of a two-day event aimed at improving inclusion of minority and female candidates for head coaching and general manager positions.


May 19, 2022

Op-Ed: The NFL is ready for its first openly out active player

My name is Troy Vincent. I am a husband, a father and a grandfather. A brother, an uncle and a nephew. A Black man and a Christian. My pronouns are he, his, him. I identify as straight and cisgender.


october 9, 2020

"Drinking from wells we did not dig"

A generation of visionaries who put their thoughts to action in changing society for the better has passed the baton of equality and justice to a new generation, now more than ever awakened to the challenges of racism, economic and educational disparity, and equality. What have we learned? What have they taught us?


august 3, 2020

"The Talk"

Last Friday, our middle son Taron was excited to get back to campus in Columbus, Ohio, a six-hour drive from our home in Virginia. Before he left, I began my normal routine of getting his car ready by checking every headlight and tail light, and making sure the brake lights were working properly. I located his...


june 25, 2020