DeMaurice Smith: “Our guys stood together, and football is back”

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After leading the NFL players through a lockout that is finally coming to an end, DeMaurice Smith addressed fans on Monday afternoon and said the unity of the players will make the NFL a stronger league.

“Our guys stood together when nobody thought we would,” Smith said. “And football is back because of it.”

Smith mentioned health and safety issues and benefits for retired players as some of the items on which the players won by sticking together, and he attempted to win back the fans who were turned off by the league’s labor unrest.

“To our fans, I know that you love this game as much as I do, and I know that it has been a very long process,” Smith said.

Smith said he’ll make another public address in just a few minutes, this time alongside NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, in a gesture of solidarity on the day the NFL finally reached a deal.

26 responses to “DeMaurice Smith: “Our guys stood together, and football is back”

  1. Hey De, you and “your guys” are the azzwipes of the world! Instant karma gonna get ya, in the form of injury’s (out of condition players) and failed drug tests (idiot players!). LOL…I can’t wait for this! I bet many, many the unsigned rookies are in tip top shape!…and hungry !

  2. Breaking up a union is not standing together. As a union member from a union family, it makes me sad that you couldn’t stand together to negotiate for labor peace.

  3. Now that this is over lets all hope we don’t have to see De Smith’s dopey mug anymore!

  4. Any fans who were turned off by the negotiations and lockout are stupid. What a great offseason this was! And we will not miss a single regular season game. Packers/Saints to kick off the season. Boom!

  5. Just shows the egos these players have. Players come and go, the Team lives forever! As far as football goes, I will always side with the owners.

  6. “Our guys stood together when nobody thought we would,” Smith said. “And football is back because of it.”
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    Actually, football would have been back a lot earlier if the players would have caved.

  7. Yeah right Smith. That’s why you had players openly stating they wanted this to be over and it was dragging on too long. The only thing you love is your political career in which you, in reality, put to rest during this process. Not many people will vote for you.

  8. Mo tried to put a positive spin on things, but you could tell from his face he wasn’t happy coming out of that room without his shoes, his wallet, his watch, and his pants.

  9. Who exactly is it that didn’t think one of the most powerful unions in the entire country would stick together? This guy is nuts.

  10. Yeah they stood together–they get to talk about health and safety issues. Because after all the players are getting a lower percentage–something they wouldnt do at the beginning. There is a rookie wage scale–something Dee wouldnt agree too at the beginning. There is no judicial oversight of this agreement, something the NLFPA wanted to continue. And we agreed to all the health and safety issues the NFL put in front of us.

    What a waste of time…..

  11. tdk24 says:

    Just shows the egos these players have. Players come and go, the Team lives forever! As far as football goes, I will always side with the owners
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    Really? You always side with the owners. The same owners that hold cities hostages for new luxury stadiums to line their already sizable wallets. The ones that make the tax payer fund these building. THe same owners that will move these teams if cities don’t give into demands. Those owners?

    Players come and go, owners come and go. Loyalty should be to the team and the city they represent, period.

    Let me guess…..you get all your information from Fox News. We have a winner!!!

  12. If I never hear the name “De Smith” again, it will be too soon.

    Shut the f— up, and go away.

  13. Well, I was wrong.

    I continually didn’t believe any of the “deal is close” garbage from March 3, 2011. I thought there would be no NFL in 2011.

    I was wrong.

    I am glad I was wrong.

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