The Board elects the NFLPA executive officers from among its ranks. The executive officers include the President and ten (10) Vice Presidents. The Executive Director is the principal administrative officer. The officers and the Executive Director are members of the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee manages and transacts the business and affairs of the NFLPA between meetings of the Board of Player Representatives. Executive officers are elected for a two-year term in even-numbered years at the annual meeting of the Board of Player Representatives. They must have been members in good standing for one-year to be eligible to serve.
DeMaurice Fitzgerald Smith is the Executive Director of the National Football League Players' Association (NFLPA). He was elected unanimously by a board of active player representatives on March 16, 2009 and re-elected unanimously to a second term on March 29, 2012. ESPN opined that Smith had assumed the toughest job in sports by succeeding the late Gene Upshaw and heading into the most contentious and public labor/management battle in sports history.
On August 4, 2011, Smith signed a 10-year Collective Bargaining Agreement with NFL management, leading the Players through the owners’ 132-day lockout. Smith and his team employed a novel multi-faceted strategy that combined a successful legal attack on the NFL’s lockout funds, a federal and local legislative agenda, creative use of social media and the unprecedented securing of the first employee anti-lockout insurance policy. The new CBA codifies new health and safety protocols for Players, achieved longer off-seasons, significantly reduces the amount of contact during practices, provides for unannounced inspections of training camps, creates the first compliance and accountability structure for NFL medical personnel, and provides the Players’ with their highest share of TV contract revenues in history.
Prior to his post at the NFLPA, Smith was an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia and was Counsel to then Deputy Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. He was awarded the US Attorney’s Office highest honor for courtroom advocacy and the Department of Justice’s highest honor by US Attorney General Janet W. Reno. Smith served as a Partner in firms of Latham & Watkins, LLP and Patton Boggs, LLP, in Washington, D.C. where he represented corporations, boards of directors and senior executives in civil and criminal matters.
Smith has been awarded the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award, the Keeper of the Dream Award, by the Action Network Alliance, the City of Justice Award by the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy and was inducted into the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges’ Hall of Excellence. He serves on the Board of Directors for ULLICO; The Board of Directors for the US Congressional Award; and The Board of Advisors for the Office for Access and Advancement for Public Black Universities. Smith Chairs the Annual Georgetown University Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center Fundraising Dinner and has been named one of the top 10 most influential executives in sports.
He is a 1989 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and a 1985 graduate of Cedarville University. Smith is on the Faculty of the National Trial Advocacy College in Charlottesville, Virginia; Executive in Residence and the Darden Business School at the University of Virginia, and is a guest lecturer at Georgetown University, Columbia University, Harvard University, George Washington University, and the University of Virginia School of Law. He has also been a guest speaker at the New York Stock Exchange, Commencement speaker for the University of Maryland and for the Howard University School of Law (2012).
JC Tretter | President
The Cleveland Browns center has long been a leader in the locker room. A graduate of Cornell, Tretter was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the 2013 NFL Draft and spent his first three seasons there before signing with the Browns in 2017. The next year, he was elected as one of the team’s alternate player reps and served as a consistent, informative voice for his teammates as well as other players across the league.
Tretter was elected as the NFLPA’s president in March 2020 during the annual Board of Player Representatives meeting. In this role, he is able to put his degree in industrial labor relations to good use. During the voting period for the current CBA, the veteran offensive lineman played a pivotal role in educating the full player membership about the pros and cons of the proposal so that they were best informed to make a decision.
Sam Acho | Vice President
The outside linebacker from Texas has become immensely involved with the NFLPA since he entered the league. Selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2011 NFL Draft, Acho quickly learned the importance of the union while seeing that year’s NFL lockout play out from March to July. That season, Acho recorded the second-most sacks ever by a Cardinals rookie with seven.
In 2015, he signed with the Chicago Bears and was selected as the team’s NFLPA player representative. In 2018, he participated in the NFLPA’s Externship program, working with the International Justice Mission. That same year, he was also elected to serve on the NFLPA’s Executive Committee, where his respected voice helped lead the union through negotiations for the current CBA.
In 2019, Acho played for the Buffalo Bills and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was re-elected to the NFLPA Executive Committee in March 2020.
Lorenzo Alexander | Vice President
The University of California, Berkeley graduate played 14 seasons at various positions for the Washington Redskins, Arizona Cardinals, Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills. After going undrafted in 2005 and competing on two practice squads before joining the Redskins, Alexander’s teammates began referring to him as the “One Man Gang” for his versatility as an offensive lineman, defensive lineman, linebacker, tight end, fullback and special teams player. His play led to two Pro Bowl selections in 2012 and 2016, winning the game’s defensive MVP during the latter appearance.
Alexander became an NFLPA player representative in 2011 and was elected to the Executive Committee in 2014. The Oakland native, who announced his retirement following the 2019 season, was re-elected for his fourth and final term in 2020 with a commitment to continuing helping players maximize their gains and improve their benefits.
In 2011 and 2017, Alexander was selected as the Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee for his achievements both on and off the field while with the Redskins and Bills, respectively. His ACES Foundation, which he started in 2008, provides enrichment programs for youth in Oakland and the greater Washington, D.C. area. He is also involved in a variety of programs, including the Play 60 program and an annual charity bike ride called “Ride to Provide,” which supports his ACES Foundation. Due to his family’s history of diabetes, Alexander has become a spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association.
Calais Campbell | Vice President
Since entering the NFL in 2008, the University of Miami graduate has been a defensive end for the Arizona Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars and, most recently, the Baltimore Ravens, following a trade in March. As someone who understands the importance of knowing and exercising your rights as a player, Campbell has been immensely involved in NFLPA and a leader in the locker room. The five-time Pro Bowler has served as a player rep since 2018 and was elected to the Executive Committee in 2020.
Off the field, Campbell has changed many lives for the good by giving back to his hometown and team cities. Alongside his mother and seven siblings, he started the CRC foundation in honor of his late father, Charles Richard Campbell, to enhance the local community through teaching critical skills to young people. He’s made multiple donations to several charitable initiatives during his time in the league, including $1.6 million to establish a scholarship fund for defensive lineman at his alma mater and his 2019 Season of Giving campaign, during which he raised nearly $75,000 through donations based on his on-field performance and donated $5,000 each to for Denver charities. For the latter initiative, he was named an NFLPA Community MVP and the NFL’s 2019 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.
Malcolm Jenkins | Vice President
Jenkins began his NFL career in 2009 as a first-round draft pick by the New Orleans Saints. The Ohio State alum was a part of the Saints Super Bowl-winning team in his rookie year. After five years in New Orleans, he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles and helped lead them to their first Super Bowl title in 2018.
The Pro Bowler first became a player rep in 2016 with the Eagles. Since then, he has served as a strong voice in pushing his peers to fight for their player rights and make the most of their benefits. In 2018, he was re-elected as the team’s player rep and in 2020, he was selected by the Board of Player Reps to serve on the Executive Committee.
As co-founder of the Players Coalition, he has visited and worked with members on Capitol Hill to change legislation in the fight for prison reform and against racial and social inequality
Known for his charitable endeavors, Jenkins launched The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation in 2010. The foundation is dedicated to youth development initiatives and programs that focus on mentorship and character development. Jenkins’s outreach efforts were recognized in 2017 when he was the recipient of the NFLPA’s Byron Whizzer White Award (now known as the Alan Page Community Award).
Alex Mack | Treasurer
The University of California center has been a tremendous leader throughout his NFL career. Selected during the first round of the 2009 NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns, the six-time Pro Bowler was awarded the 2015 Ed Block Courage Award by his teammates for his dedication and commitment to recovering from a broken leg. After signing with the Atlanta Falcons in 2016, he helped lead the team to their first Super Bowl berth in 2017.
Thomas Morstead | Vice President
The punter and kickoff specialist from SMU was selected in 2009 NFL draft by the New Orleans Saints and went on to win a Super Bowl in his first pro season. Morstead was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2012 and previously served as the team’s elected player union representative.
In 2018, he was voted onto the NFLPA Executive Committee and re-elected in 2020 to once again serve as a steadfast leader for the full player membership.
Off the field, Morstead formed his charity – What You Give Will Grow, a Thomas Morstead Foundation – to improve the lives of those in need through the support of local causes and organizations, focusing primarily on pediatric cancer. After the 2018 NFC Divisional game versus the Minnesota Vikings, when Morstead returned to the field in the final seconds following what appeared to be a walk-off Saints loss, Vikings fans donated more the $140,000 to his foundation. Morstead, in turn, decided to donate all the contributions to the Children's Hospital in Minnesota.
Richard Sherman | Vice President
Born in Compton, California, Sherman excelled both on the field as a football and track star, and in the classroom as salutatorian with a 4.2 GPA at Dominguez High School. After a stellar career at Stanford University, the outstanding cornerback was picked by Seattle in the fifth round in the 2011 Draft. Sherman anchored the defense and helped lead the Seahawks to back-to-back NFC Championships in 2013 and 2014, as well as their first Super Bowl title in 2014. The lockdown cornerback has been named a Pro Bowler four times, in addition to taking home the NFC Defensive Player of the Year award in 2014.
Sherman has been a player representative since 2014 and was re-elected in 2018 with his current team, the San Francisco 49ers. He was voted onto the NFLPA’s Executive Committee in 2016 and was re-elected in 2018 and 2020 to continue his vocal, passionate leadership.
Off the field, Sherman formed his charity – Blanket Coverage, A Richard Sherman Family Foundation – in 2013 in order to provide students in low-income communities with clothing and supplies to help them work towards achieving their goals. His work to help raise funds, including a personal $5,000 donation, for a Compton youth football team to attend the national championship in Florida earned him NFLPA Community MVP honors in 2019.
Michael Thomas | Vice President
The Stanford graduate is one of the NFLPA’s most active players both on and off the field. After playing one season with San Francisco as an undrafted free agent in 2012, Thomas spent the next five seasons as a free safety and special teams standout for the Miami Dolphins. In March 2018, Thomas signed a contract with the New York Giants and was named to his first Pro Bowl that same season.
Thomas became a player rep for the Dolphins in 2016 before going on to be the rep for the Giants as well as a team captain. He was voted onto the Executive Committee in 2018 and re-elected in 2020.
The defender’s community involvement in Miami, California and his hometown of Houston include: creating the Big Plays for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami program; being named NFLPA Community MVP during both the 2015 and 2016 seasons for his youth mentorship initiatives; hosting “Camp Mike T” to expose kids to unique opportunities through computer science and college prep programs; participating in a ride-along with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office; partnering with Food for the Hungry and traveling to Haiti in March 2017 to help raise funds to reduce poverty in the country.
Thomas was also a part of the NFLPA’s 2018 and 2019 Externship classes, during which he worked closely with Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas) to learn more about the political process on Capitol Hill.
Benjamin Watson | Vice President
Watson began his NFL career in 2004 as a first-round draft pick by the New England Patriots, where he won a Super Bowl during his rookie year. Watson rounded out his distinguished 16-year career with the Cleveland Browns, New Orleans Saints and Baltimore Ravens.
The tight end first became a player rep for the NFLPA in 2010 and was elected to the NFLPA Executive Committee in 2012. Watson was re-elected for a fourth and final term in 2020 just before announcing his retirement from the NFL.
Watson is known throughout the NFL for his charitable endeavors. In 2007, he helped distribute Thanksgiving food baskets at Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries in Boston. Later that year, he traveled to Iraq and Afghanistan with a small group of NFL players on a USO tour visiting military bases. In 2008, Watson and his wife Kirsten created a charitable foundation called “One More” in 2008. Their public charity is dedicated to impacting lives by meeting real needs, promotes education and provides enrichment opportunities through charitable initiatives and partnerships. In 2017, Watson was named a finalist for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award, and in 2018 he was selected as an NFLPA Community MVP for his foundation’s efforts.
He has also authored two books: “Under Our Skin: Getting Real About Race – And Getting Free From the Fears and Frustrations That Divide Us” (2015) and “The New Dad’s Playbook: Gearing Up For the Biggest Game of Your Life” (2017).
Wesley Woodyard | Vice President
After going undrafted in 2008, the linebacker from the University of Kentucky was signed to the Denver Broncos where he went on to play for six seasons before signing with the Tennessee Titans in 2014. That same year, he was elected by his teammates as one of the Titans’ alternate player reps. In 2018, he became the team’s player rep, and in 2020, Woodyard was elected to the NFLPA Executive Committee, where he serves as an experienced voice of wisdom.
Woodyard has dedicated his life to serving the community while leading the men in the locker room. As the co-founder of 16Ways Foundation, Woodyard has focused his efforts on impacting the lives of at-risk youth in the community by encouraging and empowering them to follow their dreams. The Georgia native has also been able to build mini-libraries through a strategic partnership with Scholastic and its Family and Community Engagement (FACE) program while also forming a track club to mentor and train young athletes.
As a father of two girls, Woodyard created the GYRLS (Giving Yourself Respect and Love) program to provide young girls with opportunities to develop self-esteem and awareness in order to reach their highest potential. Additionally, Woodyard has been a spokesperson and advocate for the ALS Association and Second Harvest Food Bank.
Board of Player Representatives
Player Representatives are selected by their teammates in the fall of every even-numbered year.
|Player Representative||Co-Alternate 1||Co-Alternate 2||Co-Alternate 3|
|Arizona Cardinals||Corey Peters||Justin Pugh|
|Atlanta Falcons||Josh Harris||Matt Bosher|
|Baltimore Ravens||Ronnie Stanley||Marlon Humphrey|
|Buffalo Bills||Patrick DiMarco||Micah Hyde||Dion Dawkins|
|Carolina Panthers||Greg Van Roten||Shaquille Thompson|
|Chicago Bears||Chase Daniel||Akiem Hicks||Prince Amukamara|
|Cincinnati Bengals||Geno Atkins|
|Cleveland Browns||Jarvis Landry||Baker Mayfield||T.J. Carrie||JC Tretter|
|Dallas Cowboys||Byron Jones||Joe Looney|
|Denver Broncos||Brandon McManus||Chris Harris, Jr.||Ron Leary|
|Detroit Lions||Devon Kennard||Taylor Decker||Miles Killebrew||Jarrad Davis|
|Green Bay Packers||Aaron Rodgers||Mason Crosby|
|Houston Texans||Brennan Scarlett||Greg Mancz|
|Indianapolis Colts||Clayton Geathers||Ryan Kelly|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||Calais Campbell||Cody Davis|
|Kansas City Chiefs||Dustin Colquitt||Patrick Mahomes|
|Las Vegas Raiders||Rodney Hudson||Tahir Whitehead||Karl Joseph|
|Los Angeles Chargers||Mike Pouncey||Austin Ekeler||Derek Watt||Justin Jones|
|Los Angeles Rams||Todd Gurley||Johnny Hekker||Jake McQuaide|
|Miami Dolphins||Christian Wilkins||Bobby McCain||Josh Rosen|
|Minnesota Vikings||Adam Thielen||Kirk Cousins||Stephen Weatherly|
|New England Patriots||Matt Slater||Devin McCourty||Ted Karras||Joe Cardona|
|New Orleans Saints||Craig Robertson||Demario Davis||A.J. Klein||Austin Carr|
|New York Giants||Nate Solder||Dalvin Tomlinson|
|New York Jets||Quincy Enunwa||Kelvin Beachum||Sam Darnold|
|Philadelphia Eagles||Malcolm Jenkins||Zach Ertz|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||Ramon Foster||Cameron Heyward||Vince Williams|
|San Francisco 49ers||Richard Sherman||Marquise Goodwin|
|Seattle Seahawks||K.J. Wright||Bobby Wagner|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Ali Marpet||Lavonte David||Beau Allen|
|Tennessee Titans||Wesley Woodyard||Dennis Kelly||Logan Ryan|
|Washington Redskins||Nick Sundberg||Jonathan Allen||Tress Way||Matt Ioannidis|
Updated January 2020