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Toughest job of all sports union heads

An outsider coming in, new NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith faces many challenges

Originally Published: July 9, 2009
By Jeffri Chadiha | ESPN.com

Of all the leaders of major professional sports unions, NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith clearly has the toughest job right now.

He faces NFL owners pushing for a potential lockout. Retired players still are unwilling to invest complete trust in him. Then there are the high expectations that come with being a hotshot lawyer who impressed the current players into giving him the job five months ago. Basically, Smith doesn't have the luxury of easing into his position. ...

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