Several Players in Union Leadership Express Support for Upshaw
Tennessee Titans center Kevin Mawae, the newly elected president of the union, has issued a written statement saying that Matt Stover's effort to remove Gene Upshaw as executive director of the NFL Players Association is not a widespread movement.
"Matt Stover's letter does not reflect the view of the entire executive committee or the board of player representatives," Mawae said. "The board is in the process of preparing for the possibility of a work stoppage and understands the importance of having Gene, with his experience and history, lead the direction of the NFLPA."
Philadelphia Eagles safety Brian Dawkins, a member of the union's executive committee, said in a telephone interview today that he doesn't know how much support any movement among the players to remove Upshaw might have.
Dawkins said he does not support forcing out Upshaw, but does support any effort to identify Upshaw's eventual successor sooner rather than later.
By Mark Maske |
April 8, 2008; 6:32 PM ET
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