Former Player Examines How NFL Player Reps Are Elected

Posted March 11th, 2009 by RetiredPlayers
Ross Tucker played six years in the NFL and now writes for Sports Illustrated

Ross Tucker played six years in the NFL and now writes for Sports Illustrated

Former player Ross Tucker, who played six years in the NFL, is now a writer for  In his latest article, Tucker examines the flawed method of how the NFL’s 32 player representatives are elected.  The player reps are the only people who have a vote in choosing the NFLPA’s next Executive Director.   According to Tucker, reps are often voted in based upon their popularity in the locker room as opposed to any substantial campaign platform.  In fact, Tucker says that when he was nominated to serve as a player rep he wasn’t allowed to present his platform to his teammates.  The article indicates some player reps are more interested in an all-expense paid vacation to Hawaii than serving the NFLPA’s membership.  He suggests the NFLPA’s annual meeting be moved from Hawaii to Wichita, Kansas.

To read Ross Tucker’s article click HERE.

2 Responses to “Former Player Examines How NFL Player Reps Are Elected”

  1. comment number 1 by: John Hogan

    Tucker says that it is critical for current and former players to unite behind the new NFLPA leader…hasn’t he been reading the news? None of the candidates has indicated that he plans to unite them. Tucker doesn’t endorse any candidate, but indicates a former player would be best suited. Former player Armstrong testified against retired players in the class action. Former player Vincent was NFLPA president when the Congressional hearings were spotlighting the problems with health and disability that retired players face, and he was silent. Gene Upshaw’s ultimate legacy may be that he so alienated the retirees and created such short-sighted interests in active players that “critical unity” is impossible to achieve.

  2. comment number 2 by: Jerry Lowery

    The NFL Fans Association is a website trying to unite all NFL fans around the world. It is a brand new non profit association dedicated to NFL fans right. It will be used to negotiate with the NFL concerning abuses of the NFL owners towards its fans. If there is no NFL football this year the sport bars will lose huge revenues, the fans will be frustrated and the NFL players and their families will suffer. We need a way to stop future lock outs and a combined effort of the NFL fans can do this. Would you please help in this effort by spreading the word about our association. You can see what this all about by going to While there you can sign-up and leave a message. We need your help and you need our help.