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SBD/March 9, 2011/Leagues and Governing Bodies
NFL Labor Watch: De Smith Has United Players For CBA Talks
Published March 9, 2011
BIG NAMES STEPPING UP: ESPN's Tim Hasselbeck said in past years there “was a fear associated with being a player rep,” but the NFLPA "kind of had a switch from kickers and punters and long snappers” to stars like Packers QB and player rep Aaron Rodgers. Hasselbeck: "Getting some of these bigger name guys as player reps, it's not so easy for the owner to say, 'Well, I don't like what he's saying in the locker room. We're going to get rid of him,' because they're players they need" ("NFL Live," ESPN, 3/7). Other Pro Bowl-caliber players who are serving as either their team's primary or alternative player rep include Patriots QB Tom Brady, Broncos S Brian Dawkins, Panthers WR Steve Smith, 49ers LB Patrick Willis, Cowboys TE Jason Witten and Packers CB Charles Woodson (THE DAILY).