NFL PLAYERS TO VOTE FOR NFLPA PRESIDENT, EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE LATER TODAY
Ryan Clark, Jay Feely, Scott Wells and Brian Waters retire from posts after service to players
Today, players will elect their President and Executive Committee for the 2016-2018 seasons at the NFLPA Board of Representatives meeting in Hawaii. With this election, four current members of the Executive Committee will be rotating off, and the Union recognizes them for their service and dedication.
As part of the NFLPA's player leadership, Ryan Clark, Jay Feely, Brian Waters and Scott Wells have been instrumental in the fight to protect players’ rights both on and off the field. From helping shape a new drug policy and the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement to contributing to advancements in health and safety, these four men played major roles in some of the most important achievements in the NFLPA’s history.
After 13 seasons in the league, RYAN CLARK officially announced his retirement in February of 2015. He began his NFL career when the New York Giants picked up the safety in 2002 out of LSU as an undrafted free agent. Clark would spend his first two seasons with the Giants before spending the rest of his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins. As a member of the Steelers, Clark played in the 2011 Pro Bowl, won two AFC Divisional titles, and helped lead Pittsburgh’s tough defense to the Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl XLIII. Additionally, Clark served his teammates on the Steelers as the NFLPA Player Representative from 2009-2014. He finished his career with 929 tackles, four sacks, five forced fumbles, and 16 interceptions. Throughout his career, Clark worked within his community, eventually starting the Cure League in 2012 to help raise awareness and search for a cure for sickle cell disorder, something Clark personally battled in his career.
In March of 2015, Clark signed on as a full-time analyst for ESPN.
A graduate of the University of Michigan, JAY FEELY played professional football for 16 years before retiring at the conclusion of the 2014 season. In the NFL, Feely converted 83% of his field goal attempts (332 out of 402), amassing 1,451 points in his career, which is good for 23rd place in NFL history. His career took him all around the country as he suited up for the Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants, Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals and Chicago Bears throughout his time in the league. Within the NFLPA, Feely served as a Player Representative and as a member of the Lifecycle Committee before being elected to the Executive Committee in March of 2014. Feely and his family have long been active with the Ronald McDonald House and House of Refuge, in addition to his own foundation that focuses on the protection, education, and rehabilitation of children.
Feely is currently working with CBS Sports Network as a football analyst.
A six-time Pro Bowler, offensive lineman BRIAN WATERS announced his retirement from football in September of 2014 after 15 successful NFL seasons. Waters attended the University of North Texas and entered the league in 1999 as an undrafted free agent. He spent time with the Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys over the course of his career, winning an AFC Championship in 2011. In 2004, Waters was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week, the first offensive lineman to win the award in the conference. He was first voted by his Chiefs teammates to serve as their NFLPA Player Representative in 2004, making him one of the longest tenured men in player leadership. He was elected to the Executive Committee in 2010 and was an active presence during the 2011 CBA negotiations. For his contributions on and off the field, Waters won the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2009.
Over the course of his 11-year career with the Green Bay Packers and St. Louis Rams, SCOTT WELLS contributed immensely on the field and in the locker room. Wells, a graduate of the University of Tennessee, helped the Packers win Super Bowl XLV and was voted to the 2011 Pro Bowl. During his five-year tenure as the Packers’ starting center, he missed just one game. Wells went on to dutifully serve his Rams teammates as an NFLPA Player Representative. Off the field, he and his wife Julie participate in the Salvation Army’s Adopt-A-Family program and are active with the Churches of Christ. Julie and Scott’s family grew in 2012 when they adopted three children – Caroline, Elijah, and R.J – from Uganda, joining their three children Jackson, Lola, and Kingston.
-- Caroline Darney