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Posted at 9:59 AM ET, 01/14/2011

NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith tells college players to prepare as well

By Cindy Boren

The threat of a lockout of players by NFL owners hasn't stopped some collegiate underclassmen -- including Auburn's Cam Newton -- from declaring for the NFL Draft, which will take place in April no matter what the labor situation is at that point.

But DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, cautions college players as the rhetoric between the NFL and the union ramps up.

"It's important that college football players consider the value of their education, the limited career of every NFL player, and what is best for them and their families in the long run," Smith said. "The business of football means short careers and a tremendous opportunity as an athlete and business person. A degree lasts a lifetime. The owners have prepared for a lockout and our players have prepared for it. College players, as potential professionals in the current labor climate, should prepare and make decisions with that in mind."

More on NFL labor from Mark Maske

Bob Batterman says union wants lockout.

NFLPA officials say they want a deal, not a lockout.

By Cindy Boren  | January 14, 2011; 9:59 AM ET
Categories:  College football  
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nice work CB.

Posted by: Diesel44 | January 14, 2011 10:21 PM | Report abuse

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