After an exceptional career in three sports at Dudley High School, Vincent wanted the opportunity to play quarterback in college; however, he didn’t set out to be a pioneer. That chance came at Rice, where he was one of the first three African-American football players. As a sophomore in 1969, Vincent earned the starting position and became the first black quarterback in the Southwest Conference. He moved to halfback for his last two seasons gaining 1,675 yards in his career, setting a school record with 945 yards as a senior. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers, playing one season before a knee injury ended his career. He was inducted into Rice’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013.