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NFL Players Association Executive Director Speaks at UVA Law School

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The executive director of the NFL Players Association - who also attended the University of Virginia - spoke Friday to a group of law students about the $10 billion industry that is professional football.

At a sports conference held at the UVA School of Law, DeMaurice Smith explained how one aspect of his job is to make sure half of that $10 billion goes to the football players, including covering their medical costs. The NFL Players Association has about 1,600 member-players every year and those members sustain 4,500 injuries.

Smith also touched on the timely issue of gay football players and said it's a "non-issue" for the union.

“This is the best of the best of the best, and when a player has an opportunity to play in this game I don't care and our union shouldn't care about the color of their skin, whatever preference he has on how to live his life,” said Jones.

According to Smith the average career of an NFL football player these days is 3.1 years.

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