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DeMaurice Smith breaks down huddle at Pro Bowl

The image was striking.  As AFC Pro Bowl coach Norv Turner casually walked off the field after practice Wednesday, another man broke down the team’s huddle for the day.

NFLPA President DeMaurice Smith was shown speaking to the team for a few minutes. The moment took place on the league-owned network, and host Rich Eisen almost seemed taken aback when he saw it.

“That’s an interesting break right now with everything that’s going on around the league and the collective bargaining agreement,” analyst Michael Irvin said.

Irvin thought it looked like a show of solidarity for all to see.  We agree.

During the previous presidential election, we heard a lot about “optics.”  Candidates wanted to steer public discussion with their presentation of often superficial images.

This was just one moment, but we were taken by it.  Pro Bowl week is a time for the game’s best to relax in the sun, and enjoy one another’s company. 

Seeing Smith break down the huddle was a reminder that stormier days are fast approaching.

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9 Responses to “DeMaurice Smith breaks down huddle at Pro Bowl”
  1. nfcbeast says: Jan 27, 2010 6:07 PM

    “Okay guys, if you make this easy for everyone involved i’ll make sure to get all of your criminal records expunged-BREAK!”

  2. KILLER FIN says: Jan 27, 2010 6:11 PM

    maybe if Goodell was not too busy worring about shipping teams across the pond instead of fixing the CBA, maybe the NFL would not have this termoil!!! it will only get worse!!! FIX IT!!!

  3. shinsnake says: Jan 27, 2010 6:46 PM

    During the previous presidential election, we heard a lot about “optics.” Candidates wanted to steer public discussion with their presentation of often superficial images.
    Great, now we’ll get “change” and the NFL will end up going into bankruptcy!

  4. slipkid says: Jan 27, 2010 7:11 PM

    forget publicly stated intent. lets see results. not pretty presentations and teleprompters.

  5. NightTrainNeckTie says: Jan 27, 2010 7:17 PM

    Honestly, if there is a labor stoppage that effects the regular season, both Roger Goodell and Demaurice Smith should be tar’d and feather’d and marched down “main street” of all 31 cities that house NFL teams. Then after that both should be fired.
    If a lockout actually means Demaurice Smith did his job and helped his cause, then there needs to be a serious examination of the nature of Pro-sports because there is no NFL without the fans.
    This seems like people going out of there way to kill the golden goose.

  6. Bill Owemi says: Jan 27, 2010 7:35 PM

    DeMaurice is kind of a wierd first name.
    Maurice would be bad enough, but DeMaurice?
    Is the nickname De, Maury, Mo, maybe Rice, who knows.
    Maybe it’s just Smitty.

  7. KILLER FIN says: Jan 27, 2010 7:49 PM


  8. aikman8 says: Jan 27, 2010 8:02 PM

    i consider myself a die-hard fan, live for football season. used to think that if they went on strike or were locked out in the future, i’d go nuts not having football to watch.
    have re-thought that position this past season, seeing all the crap that is going on in the league these days and the idiot players, and just the thought that these clowns goodell and smith could/would kill the goose that lays the golden egg, well … if they’re THAT stooooopid, go right ahead guys, kill it. you’ll be missed, but there are other things in life, along with college football, and trust me, the fans won’t forget this one when you wisen up and decide to return. i really don’t care anymore whether you strike or lock out or not … are you listening NFL and players union?

  9. Adam says: Jan 28, 2010 2:44 AM

    *shrugs* There won’t be a strike. A deal will be made in the 11th hour.

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