NFLPA Unanimously Elects Domonique Foxworth As New President
Domonique Foxworth, the youngest player to be elected NFLPA VP, was nominated without opposition and elected unanimously as NFLPA President at the union's annual meeting yesterday. Foxworth, a free agent CB, was first elected to the NFLPA as a player rep for the Broncos in ‘07, before being elected to the Exec Committee in ‘08. He is seen as a very smart player who is a supporter of NFLPA Exec Dir DeMaurice Smith. Foxworth was part of the exec committee that oversaw the election process after former NFLPA Exec Dir Gene Upshaw died unexpectedly in ‘08. Foxworth replaces Kevin Mawae, who has been player president since ‘08 but was not eligible to run for the seat again because he retired from playing. “One of the most important things I learned from Kevin is about responsibility,” Foxworth said to the NFLPA members, according to a statement released by the union. "The NFLPA is our organization. There is a wealth of experience and talent in this room, and I will reach out to each and every one of you about your interests and passions. If we work as hard as we did during the lockout now in peacetime, we will be the strongest organization in the world.” Like Foxworth, Smith was unopposed and elected unanimously on Thursday by the about 60 player representatives who were attending the NFLPA's annual meetings on Marco Island, Fla. Former NFLers are scheduled to hold a joint meeting with active NFL players today. In addition to Foxworth, Titans QB Matt Hasselbeck, Patriots OT Matt Light, Jets RG Brandon Moore and Browns TE Ben Watson were elected to the NFLPA's Exec Committee. They replace Mike Vrabel, Tony Richardson, Sean Morey and Mawae, all who were not eligible to run because they have retired. The meetings end today (Liz Mullen, SportsBusiness Journal). ESPN.com’s Jamison Hensley wrote Foxworth is “smart and outspoken,” and he is a “strong leader who played a key role in the negotiations that ended last year's lockout.” He reportedly “beat out Jeff Saturday to become the new president.” Foxworth, who was “cut by the Ravens this offseason, is expected to retire.” He has only played “two games in the past two seasons because of a right knee injury” (ESPN.com, 3/25).