Former cornerback Troy Vincent was named the NFL's executive vice president of football operations on Wednesday.
Dave Gardi, the NFL's vice president of labor relations and football administration, was appointed to a newly created position of senior vice president of football operations, the league announced.
Vincent, who was in charge of NFL Player Engagement since 2010, replaces Ray Anderson, who left to become the athletic director at Arizona State.
In Vincent's new role, he will oversee game-day operations, including officials, on-field discipline, player personnel and college relations. He also will be involved in some matters regarding disciple of non-player personnel.
"Troy Vincent brings a uniquely well-rounded perspective to this leadership position," commissioner Roger Goodell said. "He knows the game inside out from the locker room to the board room. He has done an exceptional job growing services to our players and former players, and he is ready and eager to lead our football operations group.
"Troy's passion for education, personal development and innovation will bring a new vitality and vision to our football group."
The 43-year-old Vincent entered the NFL in 1992 as a first-round draft choice by the Miami Dolphins. He spent 15 seasons as a player with the Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins and Buffalo Bills. He was named to the Pro Bowl five teams and served as the president of the NFL Players Association from 2004 to 2008.
Vincent started working for the league office in 2010 in the player engagement department after he made a bid to become executive director of the NFLPA in 2009.
"I am excited and grateful for this opportunity," Vincent said. "We will emphasize clarity, consistency, and credibility to ensure the highest standards and best practices for our teams and fans. We will work closely with all stakeholders to preserve, innovate, and develop the game. This is about making a great game even better for our generation and future generations."