Manning, Brady, Brees will be lead plaintiffs if players sue NFL

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.”

52 responses to “Manning, Brady, Brees will be lead plaintiffs if players sue NFL

  1. Antonio cromartie was unavailable because he’s going to be a father for the 57th time sometime during the trial.

  2. It’s true Tom Brady doesn’t do anything without his O-Line (commercials & ads). I may hate Peyton & Drew when they’re on the field, but I will say that they’re great and classy guys off the field. Glad to have all of these great men speak on behalf of the players and stand up against the NFL to fight for another season.

  3. They should have gone with Chad Ochocinco, Albert Haynesworth, Mike Vick and some Major League Baseball help from Jose Canseco, Mark Mcgwire and Rafael Palmeiro.

    I should be named the Players Union president

  4. These people really don’t care where the money comes from do they??? How about the guy making 20K a year, or the guy making 40K a year with 3 kids, and a wife, or what about the family of four that goes to every game and both parents have to work to make 48K a year, while they spend six thousand four hundred to go to every game. This is very sad, while people are losing their homes and cars, and jobs, ect these millionaire, and billionaires are not happy with what they have and are willing to hurt so many people to get more. Well I want more, so I go to work, and do the very best i can with what I have, and trust that if I do what I should the rest will work out. It has it does and it will. I wish the fat cats would understand what we already know.

  5. People like Brees and Manning, but I think Brady has a couple of character flaws. The patriots have been so dominant in the past 10 years that most fans hate him because he doesn’t play on their team…..I’m one of these fans (Bills fan).

    I think it’s smart to have these guys represent the players, but they should have had somebody more likable than Brady to fill the third spot. I think Tomlinson is very highly respected throughout the league and fanbase. Carson Palmer might not have had a great year, but he’s well respected. I’d even be happy with McNabb over Brady.

  6. The union should not be allowed to “decertify” as it is a sham and everyone knows it.

    But of course the left-wing libreally biased media will see to it that all their talking heads favor the players and the “union”

    If the owners took their money and shut down the NFL, what would these players do? They didn’t learn anything in college so they’d be screwed. And if that happened I bet the left wing media and Jesse Jackson would screa that shutting down the NFL was “racist”

  7. Any concern from the players that it will be a bunch of white dudes? The diversity of players is a clear strength and may make their case more well received in the eyes of the public given that there is zero diversity among the owners (a bunch of old white dudes).

  8. Don’t do it, Tom! You don’t have what it takes to go toe to toe with Kraft.

    Just take your hair, your supermodel wifey, your Stetson and your 0-2 home playoff record in 2010 and 2011 and back away from the table….

  9. Maybe the strategy is for Manning to beat down the owners in one of those Oreo licking contests?

  10. Absolutely brilliant. Make the AWMs squirm when they can’t figure out how to reconcile their teabagger views against these “real murikans” representing that thugged out NFL.

    HA!!

  11. LOL, yeah through charlie sheen in there as well. If nothing else he can enlighten everyone with his tiger blood and adonis DNA.

  12. I hear that Terrell Owens volunteered to fight the battle for the Union……but only if some team promised him $10 million to play in 2011.

  13. I can see how these three guys would feel cheated in life by the NFL. Who knows where they could be without the terrible constraint of being forced to play football half the year.

  14. If there were any advantage to being a lead plaintiff, the union would insist that the panel be 75% black.

    So much for diversity.

  15. jpmelon says: Mar 3, 2011 4:20 PM

    People like Brees and Manning, but I think Brady has a couple of character flaws. The patriots have been so dominant in the past 10 years that most fans hate him because he doesn’t play on their team…..I’m one of these fans (Bills fan).

    I think it’s smart to have these guys represent the players, but they should have had somebody more likable than Brady to fill the third spot. I think Tomlinson is very highly respected throughout the league and fanbase. Carson Palmer might not have had a great year, but he’s well respected. I’d even be happy with McNabb over Brady.

    I think considering Tom Brady has won 3 superbowls, 2 Superbowl MVPS, 2 regular season MVPS, 2 OPOY’s, 6 or 7 probowls, and 1 Comeback Player of the Year sort of makes him important to the NFL. You can hate him all day, but if you can’t respect all of that and that he’s willing to stand up for this then you’re dumb.

  16. 8man says: Mar 3, 2011 4:26 PM

    Don’t do it, Tom! You don’t have what it takes to go toe to toe with Kraft.

    Just take your hair, your supermodel wifey, your Stetson and your 0-2 home playoff record in 2010 and 2011 and back away from the table….

    He’s gone toe to toe with Kraft before. He’ll bring his 3 superbowls, 2 Superbowl MVPS, 2 regular season MVPS, 2 OPOY’s, 6 or 7 probowls, 1 Comeback Player of the Year, and 14-6 playoff record with him to court.

  17. jpmelon says:
    Mar 3, 2011 4:20 PM
    People like Brees and Manning, but I think Brady has a couple of character flaws. The patriots have been so dominant in the past 10 years that most fans hate him because he doesn’t play on their team…..I’m one of these fans (Bills fan).

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    There’s your first mistake!

  18. The “travesty” of Logan Mankins life pales next to the heart wrenching ordeals that Manning, Brady, and Brees have had to endure. Life isn’t always fair, but your heart goes out to these men.

  19. It may just be coincidence that the only fully literate members the union was able to find in it’s rank turned out to include the three most successful quarterbacks in the league. But then again it is the position that requires more mental acuity than the rest.

  20. A smart move in behalf of the players…3 household names that represent the league in an excellent way. No matter your team affiliation you will have a difficult time not siding with one of those guys staring at you from across the table. Good Luck fellas…without the NFL I might actually have to attend church on Sundays!!

  21. “I can see how these three guys would feel cheated in life by the NFL. Who knows where they could be without the terrible constraint of being forced to play football half the year.”

    16 weeks per year! But I agree with your point. I can see these three guys showing up in DC for some of that blowhard Rockefeller’s hearings. All that has to happen to send the whole union position right down the toilet would be for one senator to ask what the combined annual salaries of these three guys are. Last I heard, Manning wants more than 23 million per year.

    This ought to be priceless. Three super rich guys, dressed to the nines, one with fake goldie locks hair, complaining to the world that they are oppressed. Perfect!

    All the union needs now is for fat Albert Haynesworth to tell the world how it is that after signing a 100 million dollar contract, he’s a slave.

    Saturday Night Live couldn’t come up with a better skit than this!

  22. And to nobodies surprise not a single Steeler will be representing. Obviously it’s good not to have the face of your court case be a criminal as well. Good move NFLPA.

  23. When I think of the most high profile while at the same time most respected guys in the NFL today, no black guys come to mind. That’s not a knock against blacks, that’s just the way it is. Were you complaining about a lack of diversity when Reggie White was picked?

  24. These people really don’t care where the money comes from do they??? How about the guy making 20K a year, or the guy making 40K a year with 3 kids, and a wife, or what about the family of four that goes to every game and both parents have to work to make 48K a year, while they spend six thousand four hundred to go to every game.

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    What is wrong with picture??? Apparently I haven’t figured out how to prioritize well enough to provide for my family when I’m only making 20-40K per year and still go to a frickin football game that features rich athletes beating the crap out of each other.

    Bet that you check the grocery ads every week to see who has the cheapest price for a 12-pack.

  25. I understand why these 3 were chosen, but I don’t think it’s fooling anybody that they don’t represent the real face of the players.

  26. freedomispopular says:
    Mar 3, 2011 6:04 PM
    When I think of the most high profile while at the same time most respected guys in the NFL today, no black guys come to mind. That’s not a knock against blacks, that’s just the way it is. Were you complaining about a lack of diversity when Reggie White was picked?
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    No respected blacks guys in the NFL, Andre Johnson, Larry Fitzgerld, Ray Lewis, Maurice James-Drew, Donvan McNabb, Champ Bailey. Adrian Peterson, and etc…, People like just don’t want to recognize them.

  27. “kujonicus says:
    Mar 3, 2011 4:20 PM
    All white people?

    Hmmm”

    The players are smart enough to realize that when it comes to getting paid showing the owners, and the public, that 3 of their best players are willing to stand up for the rank and file is more important than the color of those players’ skin. This is exactly what a non-racist organization would do; consider everything except skin color. The ones (black and white alike) that make comments like kujonicus’ are the racists.

    To be blunt, when it comes to the ultimate prize-getting paid-there is no Rooney Rule. Good for the players association, and good for Brady, Brees, and Manning.

  28. 8man says:

    Just take your hair, your supermodel wifey, your Stetson and your 0-2 home playoff record in 2010 and 2011 and back away from the table….
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    How convenient of you to overlook his lifetime playoff record of 14-5

  29. These three are leaders who appear to know how to handle money and fame. Who better to lead? Rich, smart men and women like to hang out with them. They know things others have not experienced. These guys and many others in the background, no matter what color, are the ones who have to settle this. Turning this over to the politicians is not a good idea for anyone involved, The owners, players and fans will lose once the Feds get into this affair.

  30. These 3 got picked because these three bring in the $$ to the owners. They will be a constant reminder of everyday profit loss. Without Brady, Manning and Brees selling t-shirts, box seats, beers and not being on TV.

    Now as fans, support the players, they did not ask for this, they are not striking. They were just fine with the CBA as it was.
    Don’t go out and buy season tickets until this is over, don’t order any NFL merchandise until this is over (Green Bay you guys get a pass on your SB DVD).

    You want football back, make the $$ dry up while this goes on.

    Fellow NE fans, if this goes to lockout tomorrow…Patriot Place should not be on your list of places to shop or see entertainment.
    I love the Krafts, but the greed factor here- in the middle of a depression – is unacceptable. In a country dealing with 10% unemployment, and other economic factors, 32 rich guys wanting another 1 billion in profit…yeah, they do not get another dime from me until they bring back our beloved product. No service rendered, no cash from my pocket. Until #12 is on the field, and the great gray hoodie is roaming the sidelines, you have lost me as a customer.

  31. You cannot use players who fear getting cut. To use a 30+ year old tackle, receiver or any position the owners would collude and the player would never play an NFL down again, even at the league minimum (you cannot tell me that wouldn’t happen). Back in the AFL days, Cookie Gilcrest and other Black players boycotted an allstar game because of racist treatment in New Orleans. The league moved the game to Houston, but they blacklisted the players involved. The players won, but they lost huge in the days where players didn’t make that much money.

    Using Manning, Brady, and Brees, you have 3 big name QB’s that, if their team SHOULD cut them because of their involvement they would have 25 teams at their door with $20+ million contracts. Having them as your spokesmen makes sense for both the union and the players serving as spokesmen.

  32. Thinking about why those three …could be that PM just got franchise tagged, Brees is in the last year of his deal and Mankins is caught in the common RFA maneuvering. Each of them represent a stage of their careers that fall (or in Brees’ case COULD fall)under team machinations to keep them off the market the longest without long term security in return and that players want to see resolved in their favor.
    With Brady I have no idea. He doesn’t belong in that group.

  33. I actually didn’t make a negative comment about Brady’s accomplishments……my point was simple. People don’t like him and he has character flaws. If you don’t beleive me, look up what being a “tom brady” means on urban dictionary.

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