Former Ravens cornerback Domonique Foxworth, who played an important role in the negotiations of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and the end of the NFL lockout last year, was elected as the president of the NFL Players Association during the union’s Board of Player Representatives meeting today.
Foxworth, a former standout at Western Tech and Maryland, had his contract terminated by the Ravens on March 5. He played in just two games for the Ravens the past two seasons after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a non-contact drill on the first day of training camp in 2010.
Foxworth was due to make $5.6 million in 2012, the final season of a four-year, $27.2 million contract that he signed in 2009 to play with his hometown team.
The soon-to-be 29-year-old is still having some knee issues and it is believed that he will retire after seven NFL seasons. However, Foxworth, a Randallstown native, hasn’t publicly announced his decision yet.
For now, Foxworth’s focus will be on his new position in which he replaces former NFL center Kevin Mawae. Foxworth, who ran for the post two years ago against Mawae, ran without opposition and was the unanimous choice.
"One of the most important things I learned from Kevin is about responsibility," Foxworth told NFL.com. "Players like to say, 'The NFLPA is our organization.' There is a wealth of experience and talent in this room, and I will reach out to each and every one of you about your interests and passions. If we work as hard as we did during the lockout now in peacetime, we will be the strongest organization in the world."
Some believe that Foxworth will ultimately succeed NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith, who was just re-elected for another term.