Thursday, March 3, 2011
NFLPA union reps put it on (offensive) line
By Mike Sando
The NFC West is heading into a potential lockout with Chester Pitts, Adam Goldberg, Takeo Spikes and Jay Feely as its player union reps.
A few notes on the 32 reps, as identified by the NFL Players Association:
- Offensive linemen stress solidarity and teamwork in their on-field jobs. These ethics might make them suited for union duty. Twelve of the 32 reps are offensive linemen. That is 37.5 percent representation, about double the percentage of offensive linemen on the typical 53-man roster.
- Vonnie Holliday (Washington) and Kyle Vanden Bosch (Detroit) are the only defensive linemen among reps.
- Feely leads a contingent of three kickers, joining John Kasay (Carolina) and Robbie Gould (Chicago). No punters are reps.
- Kasay is the oldest rep. He is 41. Oakland's Zach Miller is the youngest. He is 25. Average age: 31.6 years old. Teammates elect reps. Veterans command more respect. Their experience suits them for the role.
- Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers is the only quarterback on the rep list.
- The list is sometimes in flux. For example, the union still lists Erik Coleman as the Atlanta Falcons' rep, but the team released him. Coleman subsequently signed with Detroit.
The chart breaks down union reps by position across divisions, counting Coleman.