Already widely considered to be the Packers’ key player on the field, QB Aaron Rodgers deserves similar status off the field after reportedly being voted the team's representative to the NFL Players Association, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Rodgers replaces starting ORT Mark Tauscher, who had served his two-year term. Sources also told the Journal Sentinel that CB Charles Woodson and WR Donald Driver were voted the team's alternate player reps.
In addition, the Packers unanimously approved giving NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith, who was in Green Bay to discuss the league’s labor situation, the power to decertify the union, if that step is needed. Decertification of the union would allow the NFLPA to sue the NFL on antitrust grounds if need be.
The way we see it
Rodgers’ new player-rep role could give him an additional measure of respect within the organization. It’s interesting that two other very key players on the field, Woodson and Driver, are at the forefront of the team’s involvement in a labor situation that could become increasingly volatile in the weeks and months ahead.