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