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DeMaurice Smith to give commencement address at Maryland

NFLPA* Executive Director DeMaurice Smith will tell graduating seniors at the University of Maryland to floss and wear sunscreen (or perhaps give slightly less cliched advice) when he delivers the school’s commencement address on May 19.

The school has announced that Smith was chosen to give the speech at this year’s graduation ceremony.

Brian Toll, a graduating senior and chairman of the committee that chose Smith as commencement speaker, said he was inspired by Smith’s life story.

He came from humble beginnings to get to where he is today, which speaks to the personality he possesses and the story he can tell,” Toll told Maryland’s student newspaper. “Just because of the position he holds and the way he articulates himself, we think he is absolutely relatable.”

Maryland chose Smith even though he’s a graduate of the law school at ACC rival Virginia.

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23 Responses to “DeMaurice Smith to give commencement address at Maryland”
  1. geeeeemen says: Mar 15, 2011 12:07 PM

    Dammit I just graduated from UMD last May. I would have heckled him, booed and hissed.

  2. thebigolddog says: Mar 15, 2011 12:10 PM

    It’s all about DeMaurice. When the players wake up and realize it, progress will quickly be made.

  3. spartanax says: Mar 15, 2011 12:17 PM

    “Students of Maryland. If your employer refuses to show you every financial record in that companies history, fight for your rights, and don’t show up to work until they do!!!”

  4. mytina says: Mar 15, 2011 12:26 PM

    perhaps he’ll recommend that seniors stay away from graduation and for frats to decertify.

  5. footballhistorian says: Mar 15, 2011 12:36 PM

    Another “college educated idiot”…

  6. Magic blueberry says: Mar 15, 2011 12:43 PM

    This site has become a tool for the NFL owners.

  7. Kaz says: Mar 15, 2011 12:57 PM

    Maybe he will tell them to request the financial statements of their potential employers over the course of the last 10 years, before taking the job.

  8. bfridley says: Mar 15, 2011 1:00 PM

    NO! As a Terp Alum, I do NOT approve.

  9. carson9 says: Mar 15, 2011 1:21 PM

    THis is just another reason to hate the “Terps”

  10. basexc9 says: Mar 15, 2011 1:25 PM

    Bad timing

  11. obsession55 says: Mar 15, 2011 1:29 PM

    bfridley, no one cares what you think!

  12. brasho says: Mar 15, 2011 1:36 PM

    Damn it! I had no idea Smith graduated from UVa…isn’t sucking at football the past 10 years been enough? This one is too painful to acknowledge.

  13. umdred11 says: Mar 15, 2011 1:38 PM

    YES! As a graduating Terp this semester, I DO approve.

  14. ditkasmustache says: Mar 15, 2011 1:38 PM

    geeeeemen says: Mar 15, 2011 12:07 PM

    Dammit I just graduated from UMD last May. I would have heckled him, booed and hissed.


    A reflection of the type of graduate they are putting out at Maryland these days no doubt…..

  15. iamthefootballjerk says: Mar 15, 2011 2:00 PM

    I will tell you that I am more on the owner’s side of this whole fiasco. However, having Smith give the speech would be nice to hear. You don’t have to agree with his views or position to respect where he came from and what he has accomplished.

    Of course, that sentiment would be thrown out the window if he decided to use the speech as a grandstand. I seriously doubt that though.

  16. jerseydevil856 says: Mar 15, 2011 2:19 PM

    Yeah, this should go over real well. The public – who seem to support the owners more and more with each passing NFLPA* statement – is also made up of college kids who love them some football. I hope they boo his dumb ass right off the stage.

  17. jeff061 says: Mar 15, 2011 2:55 PM

    Why waste time neogotiating when he can further his own cause and ambitions.

    Go D Smith!

  18. randymossblewit says: Mar 15, 2011 3:14 PM

    De Smith is a turd

  19. hobartbaker says: Mar 15, 2011 3:16 PM

    Yeah, Mo came from humble beginnings to end up earning $0.68 per year working for an organization that doesn’t exist. Stuff of legend.

  20. bowlhounds says: Mar 15, 2011 3:33 PM

    Hopefully somewhere in his speach is his resignation from the NFLPA, so someone with a brain and not self serving interest can get the job done.

  21. hobartbaker says: Mar 15, 2011 4:18 PM

    I presume that Mo gets reimbursed for his time. At least he is making money, even if most of the people he represents are not.

  22. hobartbaker says: Mar 15, 2011 4:20 PM

    Mo gives the commencement address in Maryland. Shortly after giving the shutdown address in D.C.

  23. lucky5927 says: Mar 15, 2011 4:21 PM

    I can’t stand D-Smith! His arrogance is a big reason why this is not resolved. I hope Maryland grads boo him out of the gym. Him and Goodell have brought this league down.

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