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Troy Vincent wants to reach troubled players before draft

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With more young players than ever entering the NFL Draft, the NFL wants to head off some of the problem children before they play a down in the league.

The league’s player engagement chief, Troy Vincent, is proposing a plan that would develop an “Early Intervention Program” for players with prior legal problems before they get to the league.

The goal of the program is to “reduce future conduct issues through establishing a process … where conduct standards are communicated to prospective pre-Draft NFL players,” the proposal said, according to Eric Adelson of Yahoo Sports.

“When a player has issues with firearms, domestic violence, felony arrests, or DUIs, his impact as an athlete and as a citizen is minimized and his risks are maximized,” Vincent said. “We want to reverse that so he can be a productive member of his team as a player and to society long after his playing experience.”

While the league already has the rookie symposium in place, this is a more targeted effort to reach guys who might need help before they get to the league.

“We are not attempting to punish at all,” Vincent said. “We are seeking to establish employment standards and provide a path to those who struggle with unacceptable challenges so that they might be successful.”

Of course, it’s hard to compel someone to a workplace program before they get to the workplace, so it might not be able to reach the players who need it the most. Especially if held before the draft, some agents and players might be rightfully hesitant to identify themselves in advance, lest their draft stock fall.

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9 Responses to “Troy Vincent wants to reach troubled players before draft”
  1. craniator says: Feb 4, 2014 4:05 PM

    Troy , you have Justin Blackmon on line one . . . oh , wait . . .

  2. granadafan says: Feb 4, 2014 4:18 PM

    Sounds like a good plan, but they need to keep following up with the player.

    First rule: Get rid of your damn posse!

  3. bmorepositive123 says: Feb 4, 2014 4:31 PM

    There aren’t enough Troy Vincent’s in the world. What a class act. If only every new player in the league was required to shadow him for an extended period of time.

  4. av416 says: Feb 4, 2014 4:37 PM

    I don’t see why any player would ever agree to do this before getting drafted…It’s great a program like this is being initiated, but for these players draft stock is more important than these issues, at least unless they get the whirlwind of the draft over with

  5. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 4, 2014 4:57 PM

    “You got kids coming in here who are barely 23 years old. We have to get to them before they develop bad habits.”.

  6. dcapettini says: Feb 4, 2014 6:09 PM

    What “kids” are 23 years old? When they commit a crime at 14, we can’t wait to try them as adults. Many at that age have already been in the service for 5 years and are senior NCOs in charge of tanks, planes and artillery. Why are these “kids” so helpless? Does being an athelete make you an emotional and social cripple?

  7. harbaughhandshake says: Feb 4, 2014 6:29 PM

    It’s not like the teams don’t see what kind of legal record these young athletes have. Good for them for trying to improve themselves, and their draft stock, by showing initiative if this transpires.

  8. cometkazie says: Feb 4, 2014 7:03 PM

    I was 23 when I completed my 2y stint in the Army and was a 1LT.

  9. fdugrad says: Feb 4, 2014 10:01 PM

    The question that should be addressed to The NCAA and all the institutes of higher learning around the nation is: how do young men with issues regarding fire arms, domestic violence, DUIs and FELONY ARRESTS somehow find their violent selves matriculated into your institutes, so they can enter The NFL in the FIRST PLACE?! Perhaps a pre-draft intervention program, and the costs that go with it wouldn’t be necessary if these little rascals weren’t on any collegiate teams ANYWHERE !

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