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.