By: Julio Olmo
Frankly, the NFL’s Players Association has next to zero chance of getting any (Even Remotely) fair offer from team owners.
The Rank And File does not have enough leadership or by that matter a significantly enough, influential figure in any really top-notch executive position.
Gene Upshaw – May He Always Rest In Peace!, was the last player’s association president who the NFL owners respected.
The players’ association voted to strike in 1987 after week 2 and the games that were scheduled for the third week of the season were canceled, reducing the 16-game season to 15, but the games for Weeks 4, 5 and 6 were played with replacement players, after which the union voted to end the strike.
After approximately 15% of the NFLPA’s players already had chosen to cross picket lines to play during the 24-day strike, essentially ending it.
A movie was made of the 1987 strike year called The Replacements, based on the replacement players who crossed the picket line to play for the Washington Redskins and that was it.
Frankly, I love the damn movie even if it was based on everything, which I stand against.
I grew up surrounded by people who attended the Is Better To Ask For Forgiveness, Than Permission school of thinking, so I see obstacles from an entirely different point of view.
The NFL’s players association needs a Jimmy Hoffa type leader to deal with the owners.
Jimmy Hoffa made all kinds of Backroom Deals and ultimately this lead to his demise, but not before making the IBT Union peak during his leadership.
All you’ve to do is point to the nation’s capital current political climate and will clearly see, how agendas and Backroom Deals do affect the rights of the moral majority anyway.
The key is securing the loyalty of the Prominent Players.
During the Strike Year these Prominent Players crossed the picket lines,
New York Jets defensive end Mark Gastineau,
Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Randy White,
New England Patriots quarterback Doug Flutie,
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Steve Largent,
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana and running back Roger Craig all crossed the picket lines.
In spite of any sound byte that you hear about Brotherhood And I’m just One The Guys, a Prominent Player has lots more at stake, therefore it is an Easy Mark for any type of influential pressure.
They need to be treated differently.
The rest of replacement players during the strike year were mostly those left out of work by the folding of the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes, the dissolution of the United States Football League (Who Number 45, greatly helped with) and others were preseason cuts or other assorted oddities.
Such as cinematographer Todd Schlopy, who, despite never playing professional football before or after the strike, served as a placekicker for his hometown Buffalo Bills for three games.
The replacement players, called to play on short notice, were widely treated with scorn by the press and general public, including name-calling, public shaming, and accusations of being scabs.
The games played by these replacement players were regarded with less than legitimacy, but nonetheless were counted as regular NFL games.
Along with the Philadelphia Eagles, the Washington Redskins were the only two NFL teams not to have any players cross the picket lines, but to expect this kind of loyalty from the entire Rank And File is the plot of a fiction movie.