DeMaurice Smith Visits Tulane Law School
Earlier this month, DeMaurice Smith , Executive Director of the NFLPA, visited Tulane Law School and spoke to students about the joys and challenges of representing professional football players. The central theme of Mr. Smith's speech was that players should be viewed as people first and players second. He suggested that such a paradigm shift is necessary at all levels of competition if we are to succeed in protecting the health and safety of those who play the game of football.
"Part of the problem is that everyone in the system starts by thinking of the players as athletes first. That is the wrong starting point. An athlete is a person first. When you start there, it changes the way you think about everything."
Following Mr. Smith's speech, he answered a lengthy round of hard-hitting questions from students and graciously continued the discussion at a reception following the event. Thank you once again to Mr. Smith for taking the time to visit with members of the Tulane Sports Law Program.
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