In what’s shaping up as a contest between former NFL Players Association presidents Troy Vincent
and Trace Armstrong, the union narrowed its list to five candidates to succeed the late Gene Upshaw as executive director.
The Associated Press learned Thursday that Vincent and Armstrong made the most recent cut this week, when the NFLPA pared its list from nine. A person familiar with the list but not authorized to reveal the names said the other three candidates are former Bears tackle Jim Covert; Ben Utt, who played for Baltimore and Indianapolis; and Washington-based attorney DeMaurice Smith.
NFLPA president and Titans center Kevin Mawae
confirmed to the AP that the number of candidates has been narrowed to five, but would not say who is on the list to replace Upshaw, who died in August.
Mawae said the next step is selecting three finalists, who will meet with the union’s 32 representatives at the NFLPA’s annual general meeting in Hawaii in March. The next executive director will be selected by a vote then.
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