Vince Agnew

As a journalism graduate of Central Michigan University and former NFL player (Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs), I utilize my unique perspective to produce written content for the NFL league office. I create human interest pieces for the player engagement department and travel to cover league sponsored events. The main goal of my feature stories is to humanize the league's current and former players by highlighting the positive impacts that they have in communities across the country. I aspire to inspire by sharing their voices.

Joe Thomas: A Born Selfless Leader

Grit alone is not enough to withstand the challenges and pounding that NFL offensive linemen face with regularity. Some would say that it takes an innate malice, a mean streak, to properly deal with the leagues most prolific pass rushers from week to week—but brawn alone is not a formula for a successful career in the trenches. Consistency, tenacity, durability, intelligence and the aptitude to make others better are what sets Cleveland Browns veteran left tackle Joe Thomas apart as a very speci

Hall-of-Fame CB Mike Haynes Goes One-on-One with Prostate Cancer

The name Mike Haynes may not be fresh in the minds of today’s generation of football fans, but in the golden years of the game this lockdown cornerback was nothing short of an icon. Haynes’s unrivaled list of accomplishments on the playing field spans fourteen seasons split evenly between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Raiders, and it did not take him long to muster the courage to make an impact on the field. Now a survivor of prostate cancer, he is still continually making a differenc

Two Prolific NFL Cornerbacks Came Together Pressing Diversity and Opportunity

The first NFL Careers in Football Forum was a formal kickoff to a partnership between the NFL and Historically Black Colleges and Universities—a link that has existed since the beginning of NFL history. The HBCU has stocked the Pro Football Hall of Fame with men who navigated the trenches inspiring generations of fans, teammates and organizations with their excellence. Now NFL greats Troy Vincent and Aeneas Williams are priming that relationship to expand far beyond the field. The NFL and HBCU

Chris Harris Jr. is Defending the Underdogs

The Denver Broncos star cornerback Chris Harris Jr. faced a gauntlet of unfavorable circumstances while working to move from the catalog of the overlooked into a class of favorites. When the underdog climbed from the depths of probability into success, he became an advocate for the youth fighting to do the same. Before he fought for the youth, he had to battle for his own future—one that time and time again appeared bleak on the journey to football relevancy. Growing up, Harris Jr. invested hi

Childhood friends Johnny Holton and Amari Cooper join forces in Oakland

Many boys grow up in Miami, Florida with the dream of suiting up in the NFL after watching some of the game’s past and present greats like Michael Irvin, Andre Johnson, Frank Gore and Antonio Brown rise from South Florida. However, in one of the country’s deepest talent pools, the heat of Miami’s tropical climate matches the level of competition. Miami natives and childhood friends Johnny Holton and Amari Cooper began their journey together in the same neighborhood with the same dream. Though t

Different Paths Meet at the NFL’s Sports Media Boot Camp

There are three ways to exit the game of professional football—cut, injured or the luxury of announcing retirement. With the third option being the most desired, yet the least common, players must be proactive in equipping themselves with the tools to build durable success beyond the gridiron. Two recently retired players, Zac Stacy (Rams, Jets) and Ryan Harris (Broncos, Texans, Chiefs), are in attendance at the NFL’s Sports Media Boot Camp in Bowling Green, Ohio and each left the game of foo

LB Nick Bellore’s Moment Has Arrived

The New York Jets were set to battle the Dallas Cowboys on the NFL’s opening weekend in 2011 in New York City. American flags waved valiantly in the Big Apple on the tenth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks as President George W. Bush took the field. In front of a sea of fans decked in green and white, emotions peaked as the ball was set on the tee for the Sunday night opening kickoff. The ball was booted deep to the Cowboys kick returner before rookie linebacker, Nick Bellore,

Kaleb Thornhill: Beyond the Player Engagement title

Kaleb Thornhill is not a player in the NFL, but the seven-year league veteran has served as a crucial teammate to hundreds of players who have come through the Miami Dolphins’ Davie, Florida practice complex. He does not make any tackles or score touchdowns but his impact changes the game and lives. As the Director of Player Engagement, Thornhill is the first touch point for players after they sign with the Dolphins and the last to see them on their final day with the team. He knows the pulse

Cowboys CB Brandon Carr is trying to help those affected by Flint, Michigan’s water crisis

Have you ever felt remorse for giving your child a bath, brushing their teeth, or pouring them a glass of water? Have you ever questioned if your water source has been laced with lead, how long the government knew about it, or how much longer before it will be safe again? For the 425,000 people of Flint, Michigan’s metropolitan this is a sad reality, but veteran NFL cornerback Brandon Carr, currently with the Dallas Cowboys, is looking to inspire his hometown in the ways that he knows best. The

Raiders WR Andre Holmes’ Confidence Grows as the Expectations Rise

The guiding light from a college coach routed current Oakland Raiders wide receiver Andre to develop into a record-shattering collegiate athlete and a successful player in the NFL. Despite attending small Hillsdale College in Michigan, that coach’s backing helped the humble Illinois native gain unwavering confidence in his ability and shifted the odds of success in his favor. During exit interviews after Holmes’ redshirt-freshman year at Hillsdale, student-athletes were required to set short-te
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