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NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith wins his third term, on the first ballot

NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith wins his third term, on the first ballot

The NFL Players Association has re-elected DeMaurice Smith as the Executive Director for the third time. Smith will hold the post for three more years till the next election in 2018.

I am proud to represent the best athletes in the world, said Smith in the union's release. There will always be those who will sacrifice their dignity in a race to the bottom so that they can climb over others to get to the top. I will not join them, and no human should.

The Board of Player Representatives made a decision today after two comprehensive days of deliberation and careful consideration of all candidates, said NFLPA President Eric Winston. We look forward to continue working with DeMaurice Smith to make our union stronger.

The voting totals were not made available by the union. Smith needed just one ballot to win, that is; he received at least 17 votes from the 32 active player representatives. This is important because of the way the NFLPA election works. If no candidate has a majority after one round of voting, the lowest vote-getter is thrown out and votes are re-cast.

Reportedly, Smith gained a lot of credit from players for the NFLPA's victories for winning public victories in the appeals of Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson.

The eight others finalists for the position were, James Acho, Jason Belser, Sean Gilbert, Robert Griffith, Arthur McAfee, Rob London, Andrew Smith and John Stufflebeem.

Details about some of the finalists: One of the favorites to lead the challengers had been Jason Belser, who was a surprise addition to the ballot after having jumped in at the last minute.

Another finalist, Sean Gilbert, the former player who is on 100 percent permanent disability from the NFL had agitated for players to look to alternate revenue streams, like setting up an alternate league in the case of a lockout and selling the rights to internet streaming companies, or setting up its own fantasy football service. Andrew Smith, a practicing lawyer, wanted to wage all legal fights against the NFL with in-house lawyers.

DeMaurice Smith was first elected in 2009 to succeed the late Gene Upshaw and was unanimously re-elected in 2012.

NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith wins his third term, on the first ballot

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