The Players Have Spoken

The players have spoken.

As a card-carrying member of the NFL Players Association since 1986, I have to be careful what I say here. I don’t have to be political, but I should be respectful of the union’s internal business affairs.

I am bound by a Code of Conduct (no smart comments please). Yes, agents have a code of conduct set forth by the NFLPA, which I will steadfastly honor. But I want to comment on the selection process and the latest addition of David Cornwell as a candidate for executive director.

When I was a senior playing football at Texas A&I (now Texas A&M-Kingsville), my teammate, cornerback Darrell Green, had just been drafted in the first round and alumnus Gene Upshaw was in town visiting friends and family. It was then that I realized my small but potent Division II school was not to be taken lightly in the football food chain. It was Gene who gave me encouragement and planted the seed to become an agent when he said to me, “Jack, NFL players can always use more flavors to choose from, and we have to keep striving for competent representation.”

I like to think Gene would react the same way to the possible addition of Cornwell to the selection process. I say possible only because we still have to confirm that Cornwell came in under the 10-day wire before the players’ annual meeting in Hawaii.

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