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Could draftees wear NFLPA hats on stage?

Posted on: April 13, 2011 12:17 pm
 
The following scene could happen at the NFL draft.

Team selects player. Player at the draft is told he's been picked by, say, the New York Giants. Player is backstage with mother, father, sister and Aunt Joan. Everyone hugs. Someone cries. Someone always cries. Player walks out to shake hands with commissioner Roger Goodell.

But instead of sticking to tradition of wearing cap of team that just selected the player, maybe the draftee instead wears an NFLPA cap as a show of support for the former union while on stage with the commissioner. Such a maneuver would be a direct thumb in the eye of Goodell, if it happened.

This is all hypothetical but I wouldn't be shocked if we saw this. Wouldn't be shocked at all.

There could be other potential statements. I'm getting the feeling that the trade association isn't going to let the draft slip by without some sort of public show of unity and I'm getting the feeling the NFL will try to stop any such show.

Which is why this draft could be so interesting to watch.

Category: NFL
Tags: NFL Labor
 
Comments

Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2011 2:12 pm
 

Could draftees wear NFLPA hats on stage?

The players have NO business even asking the draftees to do their bidding at the draft.  The draft is one of the few times that rookie football players get face time.  The draftees are not doing any work for the NFL at the draft, or walking across any picket lines.  Oh, and the NFLPA tells us that it no longer exists, anyway ... officially, there is just a "trade union" of individual, like-minded players.



Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2011 1:43 pm
 

Could draftees wear NFLPA hats on stage?

That's fine.  But if a draftee does that, I hope the team that drafted him comes in around $200,000 lower in the signing negotiations than they might have otherwise, makes that public, and sticks to their guns.  The only players bold enough to do something like this will be first rounders, who have nothing major to lose, so $200K wouldn't make a huge impact anyway.  But it would likely get their fun-loving attention.



Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2011 1:41 pm
 

Could draftees wear NFLPA hats on stage?

I hope that the NFLPA let the rookies drafted enjoy this once in a lifetime opportunity and wear the hat of the team that drafted them! Its tradition to wear the hat and hold up there jersey and enjoy what years of hard work have finally brought them. For one day the NFLPA should put its differences aside and let the draftees enjoy there day without the distraction of this stupid greedy fued...THEY EARNED THAT RIGHT!



Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2011 1:20 pm
 

Could draftees wear NFLPA hats on stage?

yawn.....someone please wake me up from this nightmare



Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: April 13, 2011 1:14 pm
 

Could draftees wear NFLPA hats on stage?

dang it...

It isn't likely

Sheesh



Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: April 13, 2011 1:13 pm
 

Could draftees wear NFLPA hats on stage?

The following scene could happen in a future Mike Freeman article.

Accuracy, professionalism, honesty, insight, integrity, good journalism...

But don't hold your breath, it is likely.



Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2011 12:58 pm
 

Could draftees wear NFLPA hats on stage?

Here you go again Freebum.. making up stories.  I'm guessing your "boys" already told you something was going to go down.. as a sign for you supporting their cause.  At least you say this time its all speculation, unlike your last story.  Shame you tried to silence me 3x.. but I'm back.. yet again.. and don't be surprised if I start spamming my comments over & over & over all over your posts.  Just so people know what kind of person you are trying to be.  Which is... a mouth piece for the union.  Far from objective, guess they are lining your pockets.



Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: April 13, 2011 12:46 pm
 

Could draftees wear NFLPA hats on stage?

I think it would be a bad idea for either party to do anything antagonistic to the other at this point.  For both sides to come out of the mediation with an agreement is going to be difficult enough without someone on either side pouring salt in the wounds.  If Freeman's story from yesterday is true, someone from the NFL Network needs to be fired.  If the hat thing happens, someone from NFLPA (presumably whoever brings it up to the draftees) should be fired.


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