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Executive Committee

Eric Winston - President

A third-round pick in the 2006 Draft, the University of Miami alum has started 112 consecutive games for the Texans, Chiefs and Cardinals. Winston, a free agent, has been active with the NFLPA since being elected as a Co-Alternate by the Houston Texans in 2010, including being a voice for players during the 2011 lockout and serving on the union’s committees for finance and agent discipline. Winston does community work on behalf of Shriners Hospital for Children and local charities in his hometown and team cities.

Adam Vinatieri

Vinatieri is the placekicker for the Indianapolis Colts and the team's elected NFLPA Player Representative. He is a four-time Super Bowl champion, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, a two-time All-Pro selection, and a member of the New England Patriots’ All-1990s, All-2000s and 50th Anniversary Teams. He was also named to the NFL’s 2000s All-Decade Team. He has been a speaker for The Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Athletes in Action, and his charitable endeavors include assisting the Rhode Island Commission Against Domestic Violence and the D.A.R.E. program, which helps children and teens avoid drugs, gangs and violence.

Ben Watson

The tight end was a first-round pick in the 2004 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. He played with the Patriots for the next five years, earning a Super Bowl ring during the 2004-’05 season. He recorded the longest touchdown reception in Patriots playoff history, 63 yards, during the 2005 Wild Card playoffs.

Watson, currently a tight end for the Cleveland Browns, was first elected as a Player Representative for the NFLPA in 2010.

He began playing football at Duke University prior to transferring to the University of Georgia his sophomore year. For his collegiate career, he totaled 945 yards and seven scores on 73 receptions. During his senior season he was named a preseason All-American and All Southeastern Conference selection by the NFL Draft Report, as well as the team’s best all-around offensive player.

In 2007, Watson helped distribute Thanksgiving food baskets at Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries in Boston. Later that year, he traveled to Iraq and Afghanistan with a small group of NFL players on a USO tour visiting military bases.

Watson and his wife Kirsten created a charitable foundation called “One More” in 2008. Their foundation, a public charity dedicated to impacting lives by meeting real needs, promotes education and provides enrichment opportunities through charitable initiatives and partnerships. Watson is also a spokesperson for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and volunteers for organizations such as Habitat for Humanity.

While attending the University of Georgia, Watson majored in Finance.

Brian Waters

A five-time Pro Bowl selection, Brian Waters (G) was a Player Representative for six years and has served as a Vice President of the Executive Committee since 2010.

Waters, an undrafted free agent out of North Texas, attended training camp with Dallas in 1999 and then played a stint in Europe before signing with Kansas City in 2000. Waters grew up playing tight end and defensive lineman and had never taken a snap as a guard until signing with the Chiefs. During 11 seasons with Kansas City, Waters played in 163 regular-season games with 149 starts. He was also named All-Pro twice – in 2004 and 2005 – and was a Pro Bowl selection in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2011. In October 2004, Waters was the first offensive lineman to be named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Falcons. He is the only offensive lineman in either conference to have ever received this award. In September 2011, Waters signed with New England.

Honored by the NFL as the Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2009 for his philanthropic efforts off the field, Waters’ foundation supports more than 20 charities. Started in 2005, the Brian Waters 54 Foundation has aided thousands of children and adults in North Texas and in Kansas City and has awarded more than 80 college scholarships. Waters does not employ any paid staff at his foundation. Both he and his wife, Yolanda, whom he named President of the foundation, run the bulk of the foundation’s activities. The Brian Waters 54 Foundation supports the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, First Downs for Down Syndrome, Special Olympics and other charities. Waters has been a spokesman for several community outreach programs with the NFL and the Chiefs.

Waters earned a bachelor’s degree in  community service at the University of North Texas, where he was a standout tight end and defensive lineman.

Jay Feely

As of his election in March 2014, Arizona Cardinals kicker Feely is one of the NFL’s top-five active scorers with 1,437 career points since entering the league in 2001. The Michigan graduate was first elected by his teammates to serve as an NFLPA Player Representative in 2002 and is also on the NFLPA Lifecycle Committee. Feely started his own foundation which focuses on the protection, education, and rehabilitation of children and is also a supporter of the Ronald McDonald House and House of Refuge. The Walter Payton Man of the Year finalist also traveled regularly to Haiti to aid in recovery following the 2010 earthquake.

Lorenzo Alexander

The University of California, Berkeley graduate is an outside linebacker for the Arizona Cardinals. He has served as an NFLPA Player Representative since 2011 and made the Pro Bowl in 2012 as a special teams player. Alexander was named the Redskins’ Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2011, and received the Redskins Media Good Guy Award in 2011 and 2012. His ACES Foundation provides enrichment programs for youth in Oakland, Calif. and the greater Washington, D.C. area.

Mark Herzlich

The linebacker out of Boston College debuted as an undrafted player in 2011 for the New York Giants and went on to win a Super Bowl in his first pro season. Herzlich beat a rare form of bone cancer while in college and now generously gives his time to aid others battling the disease and supporting his teammates’ charitable endeavors. He was a recipient of the Disney Spirit Award in 2009 for his victory over cancer, as well as the Nils V. “Swede” Nelson Award for his outstanding sportsmanship. Herzlich was recognized as a young leader by his teammates, and he attended his first NFLPA Board of Representatives meeting after his rookie season.

Matt Hasselbeck

Matt Hasselbeck has been a quarterback in the NFL for the past 15 seasons. Hasselbeck was recently elected to the NFLPA Executive Committee, after serving as a Player Representative since 2008.

Hasselbeck played his collegiate football at Boston College from 1994-1997 after spending one semester at California Maritime Academy. Hasselbeck spent his final two years playing with his younger brother Tim, who enrolled in 1996. Hasselbeck was presented with the Scanlan Award in 1997, which goes to a Boston College senior football player who represents the team positively both on and off the field. Hasselbeck received his degree in marketing and finance.

Hasselbeck started his NFL career with the Green Bay Packers as a 6th-round pick in the 1998 NFL Draft. Hasselbeck spent three years with the Packers backing up Brett Favre before being traded to the Seattle Seahawks in 2001, where he would re-join former Packers head coach Mike Holmgren. Hasselbeck is currently playing quarterback for the Tennessee Titans, as they signed him in 2011.

Hasselbeck’s NFL career has been highlighted by many achievements. He is a three-time Pro Bowler (2003, 2005, 2007) and was selected All-Pro in 2005. He led the Seattle Seahawks to their first and only Super bowl appearance in 2005. He was selected to the Seahawks 35th Anniversary team and is currently the franchise’s all-time leader in passing yards, as well as in almost every other quarterback statistic.

Hasselbeck has done a lot to give back to the community off the field. He is actively involved with the nonprofit organization Charity: Water. This organization helps bring clean drinking water to people living in developing countries. On his 35th birthday, Hasselbeck helped raise more than $10,000 for the organization to start new clean water projects in those countries.

He is not the only Hasselbeck to fulfill his dream of playing in the NFL. His dad, Don, played tight end in the NFL for nine seasons and Tim also played quarterback in the NFL. Hasselbeck is married to his college sweetheart Sarah and has three children: Annabelle, Mallory and Henry.

Ryan Clark

After going undrafted in 2002, Clark will soon enter his 13th NFL season, the last eight of which have been played in Pittsburgh. He won a Super Bowl with the Steelers in 2008, received the Ed Block Courage Award the same year and was named a Pro Bowler in 2011. He has represented his teammates as an NFLPA Player Rep since 2009. His charity, Ryan Clark’s Cure League, raises money for sickle cell disease research, clinical care and increased awareness of the disease.

Scott Wells

Wells graduated from the University of Tennessee with degrees in history and sociology. The NFLPA Player Representative for the St. Louis Rams debuted for Green Bay in 2004. He was a Pro Bowl selection in 2011 and a Super Bowl champion during his time with the Packers. He and his wife, Julie, are actively involved with Churches of Christ. He has participated in the Salvation Army’s Adopt-a-Family program, and often visited the Tennessee Children’s Home during his college career.

Zak DeOssie

A two-time Pro Bowler and two-time Super Bowl champion, DeOssie is the long snapper and a linebacker for the New York Giants. The fourth-round 2007 Draft pick has served the locker room as an NFLPA Player Representative since 2010. The Brown University alum and his father, Steve, are the only father-son duo to win Super Bowls with the same franchise. He is an avid supporter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Lupus Foundation of America, and Punt, Pass and Kick Clinics with the Special Olympics of New Jersey.