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Kevin Mawae Elected To Second Term As NFLPA President

Players Say Mawae Elected
For His Experience, Stability

Free agent C Kevin Mawae Saturday afternoon was re-elected to a second two-year term as NFLPA President. Mawae at the union's annual meetings at the Fairmont Kea Lani in Maui said, “You don’t change leaders in the middle of a war.” Mawae ran against Ravens CB Domonique Foxworth, the youngest member of the NFLPA’s Exec Committee and whom player reps admire for his intelligence and poise. Foxworth has been a friend and ally of Mawae’s. Both gave short speeches before players elected Mawae. “I think (Mawae) won because of his knowledge, his expertise and experience,” said Cardinals CB and player rep Ralph Brown. Many players here hold both Foxworth and Mawae in high regard and believe that Foxworth may make a very good future president, Brown said, but the need for stability won out. Mawae said, “After I have been through some of the stuff that took place and [former NFLPA Exec Dir Gene Upshaw] passed away … I realized there was so much more at stake in the game right now, especially going into this uncapped year and the labor situation." He added, “I certainly know that in the last 17 years, this is the toughest situation that the union has ever faced.” Mawae said no one lobbied him to stay on as president and he did not lobby players to re-elect him. But with the real possibility of a lockout next March, Mawae expressed what he sees as an obligation to see the job through. “It’s a fight I wanted to take to the end.”

GETTING ON BOARD: The NFLPA board of player reps elected free agent QB Charlie Batch, Browns LB Scott Fujita, free agent WR Sean Morey and Chiefs G Brian Waters as the four new members of the NFLPA Exec Committee. They replace Keenan McCardell, Kevin Carter, Donovin Darius and Mark Bruener, who had to give up their seats because they did not play in the NFL last year. Sources said the other members of the Exec Committee -- Foxworth, Saints QB Drew Brees, Broncos S Brian Dawkins, free agent FB Tony Richardson, Colts C Jeff Saturday and Chiefs LB Mike Vrabel -- were re-elected to their seats.

MORE FROM NFLPA MEETINGS: For more on the NFLPA meetings, see SportsBusiness Daily/Journal's free page.

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