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Troy Vincent


Troy Darnell Vincent

Inducted 2023

Date of Birth



Trenton, NJ


University of Wisconsin (1988-1991)


Tory Vincent, Sr. was the first player to earn First Team All-America honors under future College Football Hall of Fame coach Barry Alvarez. Vincent established himself as one of the most dominant players in the Big Ten during his time in Madison. Playing on teams that only won four games total during his first three seasons and went 9-35 during his career, Vincent helped lay the groundwork for Alvarez, who took over the head job in 1990 and later turned the Badgers into perennial contenders. A First Team All-America in 1991, Vincent was named Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Year and a runner-up for the 1991 Jim Thorpe Award. A two-time All-Big Ten selection, he earned First Team honors as a senior and Second Team honors as a junior. He led the league in punt returns (17 for 235 yards) in 1989, and he tied for ninth all-time in punts returned for touchdowns with three in the Big Ten. In 1990, he set the UW season record for pass breakups with 13. The team captain and team MVP as a senior, Vincent finished his college career as school leader in punt return yards (773, now third all-time) and passes defended (31, now tied for eighth all-time). He amassed 192 tackles, 31 passes defended and four interceptions during his time in Madison. He recorded 66 punt returns for 773 yards and three touchdowns, and he returned 22 kickoffs for 485 yards.


Height 6'1"

Weight 200

Career Highlights

  • 1991 All-Conference
  • 1991 Conference MVP
  • 1991 Consensus All-America
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