NFLPA Re-Elects DeMaurice Smith as Executive Director

In a move that does not come as a surprise, the NFLPA’s Board of Player Representatives have unanimously re-elected DeMaurice Smith as the Executive Director of the NFL Players Association.

The second term for Smith is expected to run through the 2014 season.

He replaced the late Gene Upshaw, who passed away in March of 2009. He beat out former NFL players Trace Armstrong and Troy Vincent, as well as attorney David Cornwell for the position.

A Washington, D.C. trial attorney, Smith guided the NFLPA during two seasons of labor strife, including last year’s lockout, before the NFL and NFLPA agreed and ratified a new 10-year collective bargaining agreement last July.

Smith received a $1 million bonus last December, which was a clear sign that his re-election during this week’s meetings in Marco Island, Florida was nothing more than a formality.

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