DeMaurice Smith reaffirmed as NFLPA executive director

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer
There's no truth to the rumor that Smith will be paid in Fedoras. (Getty Images)
DeMaurice Smith was unanimously reaffirmed as NFLPA executive director on Thursday, the NFLPA announced. A formal election is set to come on Sunday, but they're basically a formality at this point, and Smith is expected to receive a three-year extension.

Smith was elected to his position in March of 2009 and led the NFLPA through a pretty harrowing time: one of the most public and fiery labor stoppages in NFL history.

Per Albert Breer of the NFL Network, ex-President Kevin Mawae stood up at the NFLPA meeting and made it quite clear that the union should get behind Smith.

"De's our guy. Anyone gonna motion to re-affirm now, instead of waiting?" Mawae said.

Breer reports that "one player motioned ... another player seconded [and] they voted unanimously."

The news of Smith's reelection was first broken by ... Jay Feely.
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