Kevin Mawae re-elected as NFLPA president

Free agent center Kevin Mawae was unanimously re-elected as

president of the NFL Players Association during the union’s board

of player representatives meeting Saturday.

Mawae, an eight-time Pro Bowl selection, will serve his second

straight two-year term beginning this season after the voting was

announced in Maui with more than 100 players in attendance. The

16-year veteran has spent the last four seasons playing with the

Tennessee Titans.

He has served on the NFLPA executive committee since 2002 and

was a player representative for five previous seasons.

“I’m thankful and humbled by my re-election as president of the

NFL Players Association,” Mawae said in a statement. “I believe

it shows the faith and belief that the board has in me and my

ability to continue to lead the players of the NFL through a period

of uncertainty.”

Mawae’s re-election comes at a crucial time for the union and

the NFL as this season is the league’s first without a salary cap

since 1993. The current collective bargaining agreement expires in

March 2011, and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith has

characterized the possibility of a work stoppage as a “14” on a

scale of 1 to 10.

Also elected to serve on the NFLPA executive committee were

Charlie Batch, Scott Fujita, Sean Morey and Brian Waters. They join

current committee members Mawae, Drew Brees, Brian Dawkins,

Domonique Foxworth, Tony Richardson, Jeff Saturday and Mike

Vrabel.