When NFL players sued the league in the early 1990s, leading to the free agency they have today, they chose one of the best and most respected players in football to lead the charge: Reggie White.
Nearly two decades later, the players have decided that if they decertify as a union and take the owners to court again, they’ll choose three of their best and most respected players to lead the charge: Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Drew Brees.
According to multiple reports, the players’ side has decided that the three star quarterbacks with five Super Bowl rings among them should be the names attached to their lawsuit, if they decertify and go to court.
Choosing three well-known, well-liked, well-respected players to serve as the public faces of the players’ side is an obvious decision — even if choosing three well-paid players will make it tougher for this battle to shed the “millionaires vs. billionaires” label that the players don’t like.
That may be why Patriots guard Logan Mankins has also agreed to be named a plaintiff in the pending antitrust action if the union decertifies, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter: Mankins is an example of a player who, as a free agent with five years of experience, got the short end of the stick in 2010. Mankins’ agent recently called his treatment “a travesty.”