DeMaurice Smith was unanimously re-elected as executive director of the NFL Players Association late Tuesday night.
Kids Tom Waddle Jersey Smith needed seven to 13 votes from the selection committee to retain his position as the NFLPA’s executive director. Had he not gotten the required number of votes he would have faced challengers for his position. According to ProFootballTalk, lawyer Cyrus Mehri had emerged as a possible primary challenger.
Smith has been the executive director since 2009 and was re-elected in 2012, 2015 and now 2017. The union still needs to renegotiate the length of his current contract, which expires next March.
There also were seven fumbles in this game, and the Bears recovered six of them, which is a bit ironic given the Steelers recovered a league-high 62.2 percent of fumbles in their games last season. (Pittsburgh is 3-for-10 so far this season.) A muffed punt by Eli Rogers, who has taken over for Antonio Brown on punt returns, set up Chicago with a short field for its first score. Chicago’s fumble into the end zone stuck around long enough to require Vance McDonald batting it out of the end zone, which gave the Bears three points.
John Fox’s offense also fumbled twice during the final drive of regulation, recovering both fumbles in a spot where a Steelers recovery would have resulted in a game-winning field goal try.
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We’re still waiting to see a great game from the Steelers. They were fortunate in Week 1 to have a first-quarter blocked punt against the Browns somehow bounce violently backward and stay inbounds for a Pittsburgh touchdown, given that the Browns outscored their divisional rivals 18-14 the rest of the way. Mike Tomlin’s team beat the Vikings 26-9 last week, but that was with Sam Bradford as a surprise inactive. The higher gear we were supposed to see from this offense with Roethlisberger, Bell, Brown and Bryant all on the field together hasn’t yet been realized.