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Posted at 6:25 PM ET, 01/18/2011

NFL players union planning no gesture of labor unity at title games

By Cindy Boren

The NFL season opened with a show of labor unity by members of the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings. The gesture, in which players raised an index finger skyward, was repeated several times during the season but isn't likely to be repeated at Sunday's championship games.

"I haven't heard of anything," Kevin Mawae, president of the NFL Players Association, said (via National Football Post). "If they choose to do it, more power to them. We haven't planned anything. If they do it, it would be a spontaneous thing unknown to the union."

Instead, with the labor agreement between owners and players set to expire in March and a lockout looming, players held took their message to social media today. They were tweeting with #Letusplay and urging fans to sign a petition at nfllockout.com and on Facebook.

A "Strike" means: I can play, but don't want to play...A "Lockout means: I can play, but you won't let me play"less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone

I say all that to say this, The players want to play. Period. #LetUsPlayless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone

Thanks to everyone who has been retweeting the #NFL #LETUSPLAY message. I appreciate itless than a minute ago via web

A lockout to the fans would mean no more fantasy fball!! Monday mornings would be misrable! & my life would be boring!#letusplay @NFLLockoutless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

By Cindy Boren  | January 18, 2011; 6:25 PM ET
Categories:  NFL  
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