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Bears vote to retain Podlesh as player rep

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears players' union leadership remained unchanged at the top as the team decided to retain punter Adam Podlesh as its player representative during a recent vote.

NFL teams are supposed to hold a vote every year to elect a player representative and two alternate player reps.

Podlesh transitioned into the role last year when the club's former player representative, Robbie Gould, sought to relinquish some of his responsibilities in the NFLPA following the end of the NFL lockout.

Podlesh used his position to publicly support the NFL officials when they were going through their own lockout with the league earlier in the year.

Gould is still active in the union and was again voted one of the Bears' alternate player reps.

However, the voting did lead to one minor change as safety Craig Steltz was named an alternate player representative. He replaces Bears tight end Matt Spaeth.