NFLPA unanimously picks Smith as executive director

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(TSX / STATS) -- The NFL Players Association selection committee unanimously decided to retain DeMaurice Smith as its executive director, the union announced Tuesday.

"After a comprehensive and professional process in line with our constitution, the NFLPA selection committee has unanimously selected DeMaurice Smith to continue in the role as our executive director," NFLPA president Eric Winston said in a statement. "Congratulations to De and we know there is more work to be done."

A 10-man executive committee as well as Winston and the three longest-serving representatives were the 14 people who participated in the vote.

Smith released this statement on Twitter:

"This union is centered on player leadership. I am proud of their commitment, humbled by their trust in me and honored to serve. There is more work to be done."

The 53-year-old Smith, who was re-elected to a three-year term, was originally elected as the NFLPA's executive director in March 2009.

Lawyer Cyrus Mehri recently emerged as the challenger, but the NFLPA decided to stick with Smith.

Smith has said in the past that he believes a labor stoppage is likely when the collective bargaining agreement ends in 2021.

Updated September 19, 2017

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