Smith was re-elected on just one ballot after receiving the majority of votes among the nine candidates. Former
According to the Associated Press, Smith told the players he was "proud to represent the best athletes in the world."
The union did not announce the vote totals. Smith needed only 16 votes for a majority because the
Smith has held the union's executive director post since 2009 and helped the NFLPA navigate through a four-month lockout in 2011. He was criticized by some players for negotiating a 10-year collective bargaining agreement that weighed in favor of team owners.