Executive Director, NFL Players Association
DeMaurice is the executive director of the National Football League Players Association, which represents players on the NFL’s 32 teams. In 2018, he was appointed to a fourth consecutive term.
He notably led players through a 132-day lockout in 2011 that achieved new health and safety protocols for players and a greater share of TV contract revenues than ever before in the history of the organization.
As the NFLPA begins negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement, which expires after the 2020 season, DeMaurice has led the charge for more generous benefits for all retired players as part of a new agreement. The NFLPA’s goal is to improve the Legacy Fund, which was established in 2011 and provides more than $620 million to players who retired before 1993.
Prior to his post at the NFLPA, Smith was an assistant United States attorney in the District of Columbia and was counsel to then-Deputy Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr.