Pro Football Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow among those supporting Cyrus Mehri


Pro Football Hall of Famers Kellen Winslow and Harry Carson are supporting Cyrus Mehri's candidacy for executive director of the players' union.

The civil rights attorney who co-wrote the league's Rooney Rule announced Tuesday that he intends to challenge DeMaurice Smith for the top job at the NFL Players Association

. On Wednesday, Winslow, Carson and John Wooten backed Mehri, though they no longer are voting members of the union.

Wooten, Carson and Winslow were instrumental in the creation of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, an affinity group of NFL minority coaches, scouts and front-office personnel that advocates for policy changes in the NFL hiring practices.

Smith has led the union since 2009 and directed it through the 2011 lockout and negotiations that led to a 10-year collective bargaining agreement.


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