Veteran tackle Winston elected NFLPA president

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 19, 2014 at 1:32 pm •  Published: March 19, 2014
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Eric Winston was elected president of the NFL Players Association on Wednesday, three years after he was active for the union during the lockout.

The 30-year-old offensive lineman was the Arizona Cardinals' starting right tackle last season, his eighth in the league. He is currently a free agent.

Winston succeeds Domonique Foxworth as NFLPA president. Foxworth was out of the league last season and so could not seek re-election.

NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith tweeted: "Thank you to @Foxworth24 and all the Executive Committee for their leadership. Congratulations to Eric Winston. Lots of great work ahead."

The other candidates for president were New Orleans Saints tight end Ben Watson and former Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark, who is a free agent.

Watson and Clark will both serve on the executive committee elected later Wednesday by the union's board of representatives. Clark joined Lorenzo Alexander and Jay Feely of the Cardinals, Zak DeOssie and Mark Herzlich of the Giants, Adam Vinatieri of the Colts, and Scott Wells of the Rams as new members of the executive committee. Watson, Matt Hasselbeck of the Colts, and free agent Brian Waters were re-elected.

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