• Eric Winston - President

    A third-round pick in the 2006 Draft, the University of Miami alum started 112 consecutive games for the Texans, Chiefs, and Cardinals during his playing career. Winston has been active with the NFLPA since being elected as a Co-Alternate by the Houston Texans in 2010, including being a voice for players during the 2011 lockout and serving on the union’s committees for finance and agent discipline. 

    As NFLPA president, Winston has said he wishes to improve upon the day-to-day lives of the players by helping them better prepare for life after football, in terms of both finances and health. He is known as an intelligent and thoughtful interview, and is widely respected by his peers. Winston does community work on behalf of Shriners Hospital for Children and local charities in his hometown and team cities.

  • Adam Vinatieri

    Vinatieri is currently the placekicker for the Indianapolis Colts and the team's elected NFLPA Player Representative. He is a four-time Super Bowl champion, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, a two-time All-Pro selection, and a member of the New England Patriots’ All-1990s, All-2000s and 50th Anniversary Teams. He was also named to the NFL’s 2000s All-Decade Team, and is the first kicker to ever win four Super Bowl rings. 

    He has been a speaker for The Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Athletes in Action, and his charitable endeavors include assisting the Rhode Island Commission Against Domestic Violence and the D.A.R.E. program, which helps children and teens avoid drugs, gangs and violence.

  • Benjamin Watson

    Watson began his NFL career in 2004, as a first round draft pick by the New England Patriots. Watson was a part of the Patriots Super Bowl team in his rookie year. After two years with the Cleveland Browns, he is currently a tight end for the New Orleans Saints. Watson began his career as a Player Representative for the NFLPA in 2010. 

    Watson is known throughout the NFL for his charitable endeavors. In 2007, Watson helped distribute Thanksgiving food baskets at Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries in Boston. Later that year, he traveled to Iraq and Afghanistan with a small group of NFL players on a USO tour visiting military bases. In 2008, Watson and his wife Kirsten created a charitable foundation called “One More” in 2008. Their foundation, a public charity dedicated to impacting lives by meeting real needs, promotes education and provides enrichment opportunities through charitable initiatives and partnerships. Watson is also a spokesperson for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and volunteers for organizations such as Habitat for Humanity.


  • Lorenzo Alexander

    The University of California, Berkeley graduate has been an outside linebacker and special teams standout for the Washington Redskins and Arizona Cardinals since entering the NFL In 2005. In 2006, teammates began referring to Alexander as the “One Man Gang” for his versatility as a multiple position player. He has served as an NFLPA Player Representative since 2011 and made the Pro Bowl in 2012 as a special team’s player. 

    Alexander was named the Redskins’ Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2011, and received the Redskins Media Good Guy Award in 2011 and 2012. His ACES Foundation provides enrichment programs for youth in Oakland, Calif. and the greater Washington, D.C. area. He also hosts an annual charity bike ride called “Ride to Provide” which supports his ACES Foundation, as well as numerous others. 

  • Mark Herzlich

    The linebacker out of Boston College debuted as an undrafted player in 2011 for the New York Giants and went on to win a Super Bowl in his first pro season. Herzlich was recognized as a young leader by his teammates, and he attended his first NFLPA Board of Representatives meeting after his rookie season. 

    While in college, Herzlich beat a rare form of bone cancer and now generously gives his time to aid others battling the disease and supporting his teammates’ charitable endeavors. He has worked with Uplifting Athletes, which supports rare diseases research, as well as the Sarcoma Foundation of America. In 2009, Herzlich received Disney’s Wide World of Sports Spirit Award for his courage in beating cancer, as well as the Nils V. “Swede” Nelson Award for his outstanding sportsmanship. In 2010, he received the Rudy Award after returning to start at outside linebacker for Boston College, awarded to the player who demonstrates exemplary character and courage

  • Matt Hasselbeck

    Hasselbeck played his collegiate football at Boston College from 1994-1997. He was presented with the Scanlan Award in 1997, which goes to a Boston College senior football player who represents the team positively both on and off the field. Hasselbeck was drafted in 1998 by the Green Bay Packers, but spent the majority of his career with the Seattle Seahawks, leading them to a Super Bowl in 2005. He is a three-time Pro Bowler (2003, 2005, 2007) and was selected All-Pro in 2005. He was selected to the Seahawks 35th Anniversary team and is currently the franchise’s all-time leader in passing yards, as well as in almost every other quarterback statistic. He was elected to the NFLPA Executive Committee, after serving as a Player Representative since 2008. Hasselbeck retired in 2016 and recently became a part of the ESPN Countdown crew.

    Hasselbeck has done a lot to give back to the community off the field. He is actively involved with the nonprofit organization Charity: Water. This organization helps bring clean drinking water to people living in developing countries. On his 35th birthday, Hasselbeck helped raise more than $10,000 for the organization to start new clean water projects in those countries. He and his wife are involved with the International Justice Mission, a human rights organization that aids victims of slavery, sexual exploitation, and other forms of oppression, as well as Medical Team International which serves people across the world stricken by disaster, conflict, and poverty.

  • Richard Sherman

    Born in Compton, California, Sherman excelled both on the field as a football and track star, and in the classroom as salutatorian with a 4.2 GPA at Dominguez High School. After a stellar career at Stanford University, the outstanding cornerback was picked by Seattle in the fifth round in the 2011 Draft. Sherman anchored the defense and helped lead the Seahawks to back-to-back NFC Championships in 2013 and 2014, as well as their first Super Bowl title in 2014. In his first five seasons, Sherman has been named a Pro-Bowler three times, in addition to taking home the NFC Defensive Player of the Year title in 2014. Sherman has been an NFLPA Player Representative since September of 2014.

    Off the field, he started his charity – Blanket Coverage, A Richard Sherman Family Foundation – in 2013 in order to provide students in low-income communities with clothing and supplies to help them work towards achieving their goals.

  • Ryan Wendell

    Wendell, an offensive guard out of Diamond Bar, California, was signed by the Patriots after going unsigned in 2008. He had a stellar career at Fresno State in which he was named the Western Athletic Conference’s Co-Freshman of the Year in 2004. With the Patriots, Ryan worked his way from the practice squad to a starting position at center in 2012, playing an NFL-leading 1,379 snaps. Wendell became a Player Representative in the fall of 2013. In Week 5 of the 2014 season, he moved from center to right guard, helping lead the Patriots to victory over the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in Super Bowl XLIX.

    In 2012, USA Today named Wendell to their “All-Joe Team”, which celebrates unheralded players for their hard work. To reward Ryan for his hard work, his Patriot teammates voted him team co-captain for the 2015 season.

  • Shaun Suisham


    As an undrafted free agent, Suisham signed with the Dallas Cowboys in 2005 and spent time with the Washington Redskins before landing with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010. Suisham, a placekicker and native of Wallaceburg, Ontario, has made 84% of his career attempts, and has been named the Special Teams Player of the Week three times in his career. In September of 2013, Suisham became a NFLPA Player Representative for the Steelers.

    Suisham holds the all-time scoring record at Bowling Green State University with 361 career points. Shaun and his wife, Erin, have two daughters – Sienna and Stella.

  • Thomas Davis

    On the field, the 32-year-old outside linebacker has overcome adversity to reach high levels of success. Drafted by the Carolina Panthers with the 14th overall pick out of the University of Georgia in 2005, Davis was a starter by his second season in the NFL. In September of 2011, Davis tore his ACL for the third time in as many years. Although no player had ever returned from three ACL surgeries, he not only returned to the field, but played his way to his first NFC Championship, the Pro Bowl, and became First Team All-Pro in the 2015 season. Davis also serves his teammates as the NFLPA Player Representative for the Carolina Panthers and received the Byron “Whizzer” White Award for 2016.

    Davis, who has spent all 11 of his NFL seasons with the Panthers, has long been committed to serving his community. His efforts with TDDDF earned him the 2014 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award – for which he was a finalist in 2012 and 2013 – as he worked to help youth achieve their goals through education, leadership development, and volunteerism. His program offers underprivileged children and their families free programs and helps with back-to-school giveaways, Thanksgiving meals and holiday gift giving.

  • Zak DeOssie

    A two-time Pro Bowler and two-time Super Bowl champion, DeOssie is the long snapper and a linebacker for the New York Giants. The fourth-round 2007 draft pick has spent his entire career in New York, and was elected as the team’s NFLPA player representative in 2010. In 2008 and 2010, he represented his team in the Pro Bowl. 

    The Brown University alum and his father, Steve, are the only father-son duo to win Super Bowls with the same franchise. He is an avid supporter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Lupus Foundation of America, and Punt, Pass and Kick Clinics with the Special Olympics of New Jersey. He has also participated in the Giants’ annual Big Blue BBQ benefitting the Hackensack University Medical Center.