DeMaurice Smith was re-elected NFL Players Association executive director on Tuesday night by a 14-0 vote of the selection committee. The three-year term runs through 2021, which coincides with the final year of the current collective bargaining agreement.
"This union is centered on player leadership. I am proud of their commitment, humbled by their trust in me and honored to serve. There is more work to be done," Smith said in tweet that featured the hashtag "#OneTeam."
Eric Winston, president of the NFLPA, issued a statement praising Smith's re-election.
"After a comprehensive and professional process in line with our Constitution, the NFLPA selection committee unanimously selected DeMaurice Smith to continue in the role as our Executive Director," Winston said. "Congratulations to De and we know there is more work to be done."
Attorney Cyrus Mehri, who has planned to oppose Smith, released a statement on Wednesday in which he said the NFL's players were denied a voice in the election.
Smith has previously said that he believes a labor stoppage is likely when the collective bargaining agreement ends in 2021.
The last time NFL players missed games was during the 24-day strike in 1987, which began after Week 2 and prompted the NFL to cancel its Week 3 games and shorten the season to 15 games. The league played with replacement players for the following three weeks, until the players ended their strike after Week 6.
Smith was first elected executive director in 2009, a position that is held in three-year terms.