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The woman who stopped the NFL lockout

Judge Susan Richard Nelson didn't arrive in the crosshairs of the NFL and NFLPA by choice. But friends and experts in the sports law field say there is nobody better prepared to handle a high profile, demanding case.

Originally Published: April 29, 2011
By Amanda Rykoff

U.S. District Court Judge Susan Richard Nelson probably never expected to land in the national football spotlight, let alone only four months after being sworn in.

But that is exactly what happened to the 59-year-old mother of two, as she has presided over one of the most significant and highest-profile cases in recent memory: Brady et al. v. National Football League et al. -- aka the NFL Lockout Case.

On Monday, she issued a major blow to the NFL when she granted the players' request ...

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