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DeMaurice Smith: “We’re not going to let you down”

DeMaurice Smith

NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith spoke briefly to the media Friday afternoon after agreeing to a one-week extension of mediated labor negotiations with the NFL.

While he wouldn’t comment specifically on the negotiations, Smith spoke repeatedly of his love for the game and his responsibility as a steward of the game.   Smith confidently said that he looked forward to a deal coming out of the extension.

“We’re not going to let you down,” Smith said when addressing the fans of football.

Smith brought up the fact that the late Dave Duerson was a plaintiff in Reggie White’s case versus the NFL.

“That’s our history.  [Duerson] signed on to be a plaintiff for a case to fight for free agency for players,” Smith said.  “He signed on to be a leader to benefit players who he knew would come after him.  What we do is hold firm and keep close to our chest the history and the legacy of the game. . . . That defines what our mission is.”

And with that, Smith said he was off to coach his daughter’s basketball team, a welcome respite before he returns Monday to make a little NFL history of his own.

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32 Responses to “DeMaurice Smith: “We’re not going to let you down””
  1. phinheads says: Mar 4, 2011 3:44 PM

    thank D I feel so relieved that you’re looking out for us. Greedy pigs every one of em

  2. JSpicoli says: Mar 4, 2011 3:49 PM

    Posturing and attempting to curry favor with the public.

    This one is going 12 Rounds.

  3. lanflfan says: Mar 4, 2011 3:53 PM

    We won’t truly know if you have “let us down” until pre-season begins, with regular NFL players, and all stadium prices have come down. If either aren’t met, I imagine you let a lot of fans down, since we are all not making the millions the players and owners make.

  4. youboettcha says: Mar 4, 2011 3:54 PM

    Well then he better keep it at 16 games, because that is very important to the legacy of the game and failing to do so would let us, the fans, down.

  5. hobartbaker says: Mar 4, 2011 3:55 PM

    At least we get a few more episodes of The Little Emperor’s New Clothes.

  6. ron7mexico says: Mar 4, 2011 3:59 PM

    That hat just makes it so hard to take him seriously.

  7. akismet-7c5afc7dd8ac8c284bf8094a4b5f476a says: Mar 4, 2011 3:59 PM

    Smith did not, however, rule out giving us up, running around and deserting us, making us cry, saying good-bye, or telling us a lie and hurting us.

  8. gridassassin says: Mar 4, 2011 4:00 PM

    I don’t understand what Dave Duerson has to do with the current CBA. If he had something to do with free agency – what does that have to do with millionaires vs. billionaires? Nobody is talking about taking free agency away.

    We also have no idea at this juncture if his suicide had anything to do with his days in the NFL.

    …and I’m a Bears fan.

  9. rpiotr01 says: Mar 4, 2011 4:00 PM

    Why bring up the history of players suing the league in a work stoppage in the context of not letting fans down? If there was a repeat of such action it would be the ultimate act of letting fans down.

  10. boonedigg says: Mar 4, 2011 4:01 PM

    what, you get a free bowl of soup with that hat… looks good on you though, sheesh!

  11. 3octaveFart says: Mar 4, 2011 4:06 PM

    looks like he’s talking to the guy right behind him.

  12. mybuttsayspft says: Mar 4, 2011 4:08 PM

    You already have let us down, it should’ve never made it to this point.

  13. hobartbaker says: Mar 4, 2011 4:11 PM

    Mo pulls out the Dead Duerson card from his silk sleeve.

  14. nflpasux says: Mar 4, 2011 4:12 PM

    re: youboettcha says: Mar 4, 2011 3:54 PM

    Well then he better keep it at 16 games, because that is very important to the legacy of the game and failing to do so would let us, the fans, down

    ———————————————————————————-

    I wonder if the average IQ of NFL fans is about 20 points below the general population. Wishing to continue the old 16 game approach is totally unrealistic.

    There will be no deal without additional revenues. The only item in the NFL-NFLPA negotiations which involves increasing revenues in the 18 game season.

  15. realitypolice says: Mar 4, 2011 4:17 PM

    akismet-7c5afc7dd8ac8c284bf8094a4b5f476a says:
    Mar 4, 2011 3:59 PM
    Smith did not, however, rule out giving us up, running around and deserting us, making us cry, saying good-bye, or telling us a lie and hurting us.
    =======================

    Fantastic Rick Roll! Kudos to you, and to anyone else who got that.

  16. commentcentral says: Mar 4, 2011 4:17 PM

    Perhaps the hat is a signal to others.
    If he’s wearing a hat, things are going good.
    No hat = bad.

  17. alanschech says: Mar 4, 2011 4:26 PM

    Don’t talk about it De Smith, show us.

    Us fans who can’t afford to gas our cars, come to see you all play.

    De Smith, and owners, show us you care, by getting it done.

  18. bamaking says: Mar 4, 2011 4:34 PM

    He looks like Black Bear Bryant with that hat

  19. heyguru1969 says: Mar 4, 2011 4:35 PM

    This is going so well, I think both sides should have a parade. There’s one forming right now, at the edge of a very steep cliff. Ready? Set????

  20. sterling7 says: Mar 4, 2011 4:39 PM

    I like the fact that DeMaurice said “We’re not going to let you down” he impresses me as a straight shooter and I think he feels strongly that a deal can and will eventually in the near future be worked out and we’ll all be planted in front of the tv watching the NFL Network getting excited about all the moves teams make for the upcoming season……….”Go DeMaurice”!

  21. dprouse says: Mar 4, 2011 4:41 PM

    Going to 18 games does nothing to improve value for fans. All it does is add more meaningless games to the end of the season, more games where the starters will disappear shortly after the first quarter. What does that sound like? You guessed it, a pre-season game. The only difference is that they will take two meaningless games out of August, and tack them on to the end of the regular season. When the ratings start to suffer, as they inevitably will, the NFL might finally figure out that the fans are a lot smarter than they thought.

  22. cardiovascularendurance says: Mar 4, 2011 4:44 PM

    As far as the 18 game season talk, one thing I haven’t seen mentioned is its impact on the record books. It would completely screw them up, along with a lot of other things.

  23. lgbarn says: Mar 4, 2011 4:50 PM

    To be fair. The Players didn’t start this fight, the owners did. Guys like Jerry Jones are the ones who want to change football so he can have a Yankees type setup.

    Ever wonder why Football overtook Baseball in this country? Free Agency and Salary Caps. That’s why every year, Cleveland, Charlotte, Tampa, Kansas City can rebound and feel like they have a chance to get to the big game (I was going to say Oakland but they have Al “Crypt Keeper” Davis).

    Jerry Jones wants us to watch 5 teams win constantly and line his own pockets. All this while asking for public financing of stadiums.

  24. packattack1967 says: Mar 4, 2011 4:54 PM

    This guy makes me puke.

  25. gridassassin says: Mar 4, 2011 4:54 PM

    Again, what does Dave Duerson have to do with this negotiation? All you thumbs down people – please elaborate.

  26. 3octaveFart says: Mar 4, 2011 5:09 PM

    lgbarn says: Mar 4, 2011 4:50 PM

    “To be fair. The Players didn’t start this fight, the owners did.”

    ..and yet that simple fact seems to remain beyond the grasp of many of the posters here.

  27. sjlionsfan says: Mar 4, 2011 5:13 PM

    youboettcha says: Mar 4, 2011 3:54 PM

    Well then he better keep it at 16 games, because that is very important to the legacy of the game and failing to do so would let us, the fans, down.

    Then why was it not important to the legacy to keep it at 14 games in 1978, it is time to expand the season again!

  28. DarkMorford says: Mar 4, 2011 5:33 PM

    akismet-7c5afc7dd8ac8c284bf8094a4b5f476a says:
    Mar 4, 2011 3:59 PM
    Smith did not, however, rule out giving us up, running around and deserting us, making us cry, saying good-bye, or telling us a lie and hurting us.
    ————————————————-

    Whoops, somehow my WordPress settings got messed up. This one was me.

  29. patmcrotch says: Mar 4, 2011 6:01 PM

    lgbarn – I couldn’t give a thumbs up or down on your comment. I agree with what you’re saying, but hate that you picked the teams you did to prove your point.

    I dont understand all the hate for Carolina. They have had one bad season in the last 9 years and all of a sudden they’re the new Detroit. Meanwhile Detroit is just as bad as they’ve always been.

    This is Carolina’s first top 10 draft pick since Julius Peppers. There are teams that pick in the top 5 EVERY year. I understand they had the worst record this past year, but they had a lame duck coach, a rookie QB who was planned to be a project, and a roster that was being gutted so the new coach could start fresh. It’s not like Buffalo who haven’t been to the playoffs since Jim Kelly.

    I’m not saying this team will be back to 12-4 the next season played, but dont count on them having the top pick again either (unless there is no season).

  30. garyman1 says: Mar 4, 2011 7:01 PM

    Never believe anything a lawyer says during talks… he could care less about what we think but wants to use our support.

  31. 8man says: Mar 4, 2011 7:07 PM

    Look at you people! It’s not even St. Patricks Day and SOME of you have your panties so tightly bunched you sound like adolescent school girls. What if this thing goes into June? You are all bridge jumpers!

    I’m a Patriots fan. A lost season in 2011 is another possible title run down the tubes for us. However, I want this thing fixed forever. And the only way that happens is if one side wins convincingly. If one side establishes itself as the master and says, “This is how it is and this is how it will be.” We need a lockout! Otherwise, we’ll be back here.

    And damn the federal government. This is none of their business. If the owners want to shut it down, shut up the players and start over…so be it!

    Probably never happen though, they’d have to share revenue. Damn it!

  32. lgbarn says: Mar 4, 2011 7:16 PM

    patmcrotch says:
    Mar 4, 2011 6:01 PM
    lgbarn – I couldn’t give a thumbs up or down on your comment. I agree with what you’re saying, but hate that you picked the teams you did to prove your point.

    My point was that smaller market teams have a chance. Charlotte is a small market team. I’m a Tampa fan actually. My hate is only that Charlotte is in our division and nothing more :-)

    I only threw Oakland in the mix because Al Davis has become a total joke.

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